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ERIC Number: ED417882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 7
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Beyond Bells and Whistles: Using Multimedia for Preservice and Inservice Education.
Thurston, Linda P.; Cauble, Betsy; Dinkel, Janice
An interactive multimedia instructional program was developed at Kansas State University to meet the need of rural social work students for specialized training in child welfare issues. The program consists of 10 multimedia interactive computer-based instructional modules that focus on child welfare issues in generalist social work practice. The modules were designed to provide individualized staff development based on specific social worker competencies, adult education principles, and the advantages of interactive multimedia. The impact of the program on student attitudes and knowledge was assessed with 37 undergraduate students who used the modules in two courses on social work practices. Results of pretests and posttests indicate that after viewing the modules, students had increased their knowledge, developed a greater sense of competence in the subject area, and become more comfortable with the use of technology. The findings suggest that interactive multimedia is an effective means of providing training in knowledge and skills necessary for child welfare practice, and that this method has potential to overcome challenges, such as lack of specialists and lack of materials, that are common to rural service delivery in a variety of fields. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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