Distance education in social work: planning, teaching, and learning

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Springer Pub., Jan 11, 2005 - Education - 162 pages
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Distance education (DE) is one of the most important ways in which future social workers can complete their MSW degree. With a reach to multiple populations, DE is especially suited to the field of social work, allowing rural, working, and financially-strained individuals to complete degrees and provide important services to underserved communities.

In this comprehensive and well-organized guide to understanding and implementing distance education components into social work, pioneering professors explain how to administer DE components, discuss the adjustments and rewards of the DE teaching experience, evaluate the benefits for both students and teachers, and address evolving issues in the field.

In addition, readers will be introduced to the latest audio-visual, computer -mediated, and computer-assisted modalities now in use as applied to distance education. From audio and visual teleconferencing to e-mail, networks, and web based courses, we are exposed to the current and future trends and possibilities in DE programs.

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Contents

The History of Distance Education in Social Work
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Which Hat Do I Wear? The Multifaceted Role of the
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The Tribulations and Rewards of Distance Teaching
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About the author (2005)

Paul Abels, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Long Beach, Department of Social Work. He obtained his MSW form Boston University and his PhD from the University of Chicago. He was Professor and Associate Dean at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Abels was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey and Iran, and he and his wife, Sonia Abels, helped start a school of social work in Lithuania following its independence. He is the author of a number of books and articles, and introduced courses on administration, the future, alternative helping approaches, and narrative therapy for social work.

Dr. Abels has practiced with individuals, families, and groups and did tenant and community organization in Public Housing. He aided his wife in the development of the journal, "Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. " His current research is on the use of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and how it might be linked to narrative practice, thus providing an internationally appropriate helping approach.

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