Fit for virtual social work practice?

Rafferty, Jackie and Waldman, Julia (2006) Fit for virtual social work practice? Journal of Technology for the Human Services, 24, (2 & 3), 1-22. (doi:10.1300/J017v24n02_01).


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The paper considers the levels of coherence and dissonance between the education and training needs of social work practitioners working in a virtual environment and the focus of the requirements and learning and teaching approaches currently in use on social work programmes within education settings in England. The paper argues a gap exists in the way information and communication skills are currently conceptualised to support the education and training of social workers. It appears that e-learning is often considered in relation to its functional advantages and that similarly ICT skills are considered in terms of computer program literacy. The much wider question of the development of competence for virtual practice and how e-learning may support this development require much greater consideration and application.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1300/J017v24n02_01
ISSNs: 1522-8835 (print)
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Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
L Education > L Education (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Social Work Studies
ePrint ID: 40838
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
July 2006Published
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:11

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