The Internet, technology, and social work education
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The five chapters included in this dissertation are written with the purpose of better understanding the role of modern technological advancements within the teaching and learning process of social work students. Chapter one provides the background and outline of the dissertation as a whole. Chapter two includes a descriptive snapshot of the prevalence of research already conducted on the subject of technology within social work education. This systematic literature review compares the most rigorous studies among the sample and measures technological opportunities within the social work learning environment. Chapter three focuses on the social work student within his or her field placement and whether or not an appropriate level of technological skill is present. This question of critical knowledge is answered by analyzing data from both students and field supervisors. Chapter four explores the factors associated with the use of technology within the teaching and learning process by social work faculty members. Attitudes and barriers to adoption are discussed. Chapter five concludes with a summary of findings, arguments on the larger topic of academic publishing, and the technology adoption process is described using Rogers’ Diffusion of Innovations theory.