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Teaching Clinical Social Work Skills Primarily Online: An Evaluation

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Journal of Social Work Education Volume 42, Number 2, ISSN 1043-7797


This article describes an evaluation of the first skills-based clinical course taught in a Council on Social Work Education-accredited, entirely online, MSW program. Students in the online course answered retrospective pretest and posttest questions regarding change in their clinical skills. Researchers compared online students' responses to a standardized course evaluation with student responses on the face-to-face version of the same course. Online students reported significant increase in skills, and their final assignment and course evaluation scores were comparable to students in the face-to-face course, with the exception of instructor availability and facilitation of learning. Implications for teaching skills-based practice classes online are discussed. (Contains 3 tables.)


Siebert, D.C., Siebert, C.F. & Spaulding-Givens, J. (2006). Teaching Clinical Social Work Skills Primarily Online: An Evaluation. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(2), 325-336. Retrieved October 25, 2020 from .

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