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Factors predicting social work faculty participation in distance education media via television and the Internet: An exploratory study
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, The University of Texas at Arlington, United States

The University of Texas at Arlington . Awarded

Abstract

Distance education is increasingly being used throughout higher education and social work education due to recent technological advances in the areas of television and the Internet. Faculty in these programs has responded with a variety of attitudes and perceptions regarding these innovative educational tools.

This study examines the relationship of 19 variables hypothesized to be correlated with usage or likelihood of usage of the distance education media of television and the Internet by social work faculty. Rogers' (1983) Diffusion of Innovation theory was used to identify these variables that included six innovational attributes, six individual attributes, five institutional attributes and two organizational function attributes.

In order to answer the above questions, a study sample of social work faculty in the United States (n = 428) was surveyed about their attitudes and perceptions regarding their usage and likelihood of usage of the distance education media of television and the Internet.

Nineteen hypotheses were tested utilizing logistic regression analysis. The analysis indicated five main findings: (1) The innovational attributes are all significantly associated with the outcome variables of usage and likelihood of usage of distance education media, television and the Internet by the study sample of social work faculty. (2) The individual attributes of the study sample of social work faculty were not as important as hypothesized. Most of the individual attributes were not significantly associated with the outcome variables. (3) The institutional attribute of institutional support was significantly related to usage and willingness to use the distance education media of television and the Internet by the study sample of social work faculty. (4) The organizational function attributes of organizational support and plan were significantly associated with all of the outcome variables. (5) The predictor variables for usage and likelihood of usage of distance education media do not vary considerably for the study sample of social work faculty.

The variables that are associated with faculty using and willingness to use distance education media in teaching have implications for how social work programs can impact the development of faculty adopting the use of the distance education media, television and the Internet.

Citation

Coe, J.A.R. Factors predicting social work faculty participation in distance education media via television and the Internet: An exploratory study. Ph.D. thesis, The University of Texas at Arlington. Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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