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Evaluating the Efficacy of Traditional and Web-Assisted Instruction in an Undergraduate Social Work Practice Class

Distance education has become an increasingly acceptable mode of delivering social work instruction (Siegel, Jennings, Conklin, & Flynn, 1998). Benefits to students include the provision of increased techno­ logical competence and access to educational opportunities otherwise unavailable to those students unable to attend traditional social work pro­ grams (Petracchi & Patchner, 2000). The most frequently offered courses via distance education are human behavior in the social environment, so­ cial welfare policy, and social work research (Siegel et al., 1998). Many recent studies have assessed and are supportive of the use of web-assisted course delivery in the aforementioned courses (Patterson & Yaffe, 1994; Stocks & Freddolino, 2000; Van Soest, Canon, & Grant, 2000; Wernet, Olliges, & Delicath, 2000).