The Goodness of Fit: A Qualitative Multicase Study of Community-Based Graduate Social Work Education-at-a-Distance
Author(s)Medley, Frances Colleen
KeywordsEducation, Technology of
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
The stories depicted here are not optimistic. Perhaps I could best characterize these graduate social work courses, taught at a distance, as well-intentioned, but poorly received. A concern for access is part of the university's "outreach mission" to provide educational programs and opportunities to citizens throughout the state: Community based courses and distance education are responses to that obligation. In offering these courses to the social work students via distance education technologies, the Office of Community Based Graduate Programs saw itself as extending a helping hand; the students, however, saw an electronic hand, near robotic, reaching out palm up, into which they first had to deposit their tuition, values, and expectations.