Journal Article

Practitioner Networks: Professional Learning in the Twenty-First Century

Walter LaMendola, Neil Ballantyne and Ellen Daly

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 4, pages 710-724
Published in print June 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online February 2009 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcp023
Practitioner Networks: Professional Learning in the Twenty-First Century

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This article reports on a study of a networked learning approach among remote social work practitioners in a large, rural local authority. The intervention was a blended approach that combined facilitation, face-to-face meetings, online communications and access to e-library resources. The intervention was focused on discussions of case management issues for three fictional cases. A method of text analysis used in community of enquiry research was implemented to examine participant discourse. Findings indicate that practitioners developed a community of enquiry that privileged face-to-face communication. Online resources were primarily used as supplementary communication. Practitioners engaged with the community of enquiry approach and used explicit knowledge to inform discussions of case planning.

Keywords: Networked learning; evidence-based practice; community of enquiry

Journal Article.  5262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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