Practitioner networks: professional learning in the twenty-first century

Walter LaMendola, Neil Ballantyne, Ellen Daly, University of Denver, University of Strathclyde

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages14
    JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2009


    • networked learning
    • evidence-based practice
    • community of enquiry


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