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ERIC Number: ED309910
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Providing Social Work Education and Training in Rural Areas through Interactive Television.
Raymond, Frank B., III
This paper describes how a school of social work in a predominantly rural state made successful use of interactive closed circuit television (ICCT) to train and offer continuing education to rural social workers. While the overall rate of rural population growth has declined in recent years, social problems in these areas have increased, a situation resulting in the need for more social services and more trained social work practitioners. Other reasons for the increased need for social work training include: (1) the growth of job opportunities in social work and related fields; (2) the dramatic increase in the number of states that regulate social work practice; (3) the influence of accrediting bodies; and (4) the desire by agencies for better trained social workers. While there has been a proliferation of part-time study programs in graduate social work education, many of them remain inaccessible to rural students. The ICCT program at the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina provides education and training in rural areas. The system links the main campus with over 20 "classrooms" in university branches and technical schools throughout the state and has helped more than 200 students from rural areas to receive their masters degrees. It also provides continuing education opportunities, such as teleconferencing, for human services workers in the field. This paper concludes that it is incumbent upon social work educators to utilize state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of its constituents. Contains 10 references. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina