ERIC Number: ED373724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Design and Development of Hypermediated, Videodisc Inservice Training for Rural Social Workers.
Knupfer, Nancy Nelson; And Others
The Kansas State Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services contracted with the Kansas State University Social Work and Special Education programs to develop a series of training modules for child welfare workers that would emphasize training needs of workers in rural parts of the state. This article describes the needs assessment process, which included workers themselves as a primary source of knowledge about their needs, and addresses the training plan. Subjects were approximately 75 supervisors and 495 social workers in Kansas who met in focus groups to determine training priorities and delivery issues. Data indicated a strong preference for interactive training that stressed variety. The videotape and workbook of the state's basic training format was considered a helpful way to deliver information. High priority needs were identified, and units of study were defined. Project directors chose a multimedia training with videodisc, computer, and paper-based materials. Content area specialists are involved in learning about the media and how to use them effectively. The use of interactive videodisc-based instruction holds promise for delivering effective training. One table summarizes group responses. (Contains 4 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Focus Groups Approach; Kansas; Multimedia Materials; Training Needs
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.