ERIC Number: EJ1116727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Technology in Social Work Education: A Systematic Review
Wretman, Christopher J.; Macy, Rebecca J.
Journal of Social Work Education, v52 n4 p409-421 2016
Given the growing prevalence of technology-based instruction, social work faculty need a clear understanding of the strengths and limitations of these methods. We systematically examined the evidence for technology-based instruction in social work education. Using comprehensive and rigorous methods, 38 articles were included in the review. Of these, 23 employed Web-based strategies, 12 employed interactive television-based strategies, and three combined both methods. Among the studies, there was a wide range of samples, content areas, measures, and data analyses. Results found that 84.2% of the studies reported that technology-based pedagogical methods produced academic outcomes equivalent or superior to traditional methods. Despite limitations, this body of evidence supports the continued use of technology in social work education as an alternative to classroom education. Future directions include the need for higher quality research and further investigations of specific issues relating to content, student subpopulations, and measures.
Descriptors: Social Work, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods, Counselor Training, Outcomes of Education, College Faculty, Web Based Instruction, Interactive Video, Higher Education, Literature Reviews
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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