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Title: Using Personal Professional Networks for Learning in Social Work: Need for Insight into the Real-World Context
Authors: Rajagopal, Kamakshi
Joosten-ten Brinke, Desirée
Sloep, Peter
Keywords: Personal Learning Network
social networks
dialogue and discussion as means of learning
expertise identification
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Series/Report no.: Lecture Notes in Computer Science;Vol. 6383
Abstract: Professionals in social work practice depend on a high level of skills, intellectual ability and a wide knowledge base to find innovative solutions for the complex problems they encounter. They learn by expe- rience and through social interaction using dialogue and discussion with relevant others to create new knowledge. To support their learning, they search for the most suitable and most relevant dialogue partner available in their extensive personal professional network. This is a difficult, high- skilled task, for which little technological support is available. This paper presents a literature review on the learning needs of these professionals and considers the use of technology as a means of supporting this type of learning. It argues for the need for more insight into the strategies used by professionals in building, maintaining and activating connections in their personal professional network for learning purposes.
Description: Rajagopal, K., Joosten-ten Brinke, D., & Sloep, P. B. (2010). Using Personal Professional Networks for Learning in Social Work: Need for Insight into the Real-World Context. In M. Wolpers, P. A. Kirschner, M. Scheffel, S. N. Lindstaedt, & V. Dimitrova (Eds.), Sustaining TEL: From Innovation to Learning and Practice, 5th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2010. LNCS 6383 (pp. 572-577). September, 28 - October, 1, 2010, Barcelona, Spain. Berlin, Heidelberg, & New York: Springer. Retrieved December 23, 2010, from
ISBN: 978-3-642-16019-6
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