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Field Instructors and Online Training: An Exploratory Survey


Journal of Social Work Education Volume 47, Number 1, ISSN 1043-7797


Despite field placement being the signature pedagogy of the social work profession, little research exists regarding methods for training field instructors. This study captures their perceptions regarding the use of online training. An online survey of 642 field instructors from 4 universities produced 208 responses. Less than 4% rejected the idea entirely, 14% responded they "would probably not participate," another 50% said they "might participate," and 32% indicated that they "definitely would" participate. Respondents reported extensive use of various Internet communication tools and displayed comfort with computing skills. Our findings challenge assumptions about social workers' reluctance to use online technology and suggest that online training programs are a viable option for field instructors. Implications for creating online programs are presented. (Contains 4 tables.)


Dedman, D.E. & Palmer, L.B. (2011). Field Instructors and Online Training: An Exploratory Survey. Journal of Social Work Education, 47(1), 151-161. Retrieved December 9, 2021 from .

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