Date of Award

5-1-2006

Degree Type

Dissertation

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Waymer

Abstract

This investigation examined sense of community, interaction, and feedback. When the three variables are combined, they equate to what is called the human element. This research analyzed each of the variables independently and combined (the human element) in the traditional classroom environment and the distance learning classroom environment. Sixty six (66) survey participants were used to analyze the results of the study. The investigator utilized non probability sampling to obtain the study participants. The participants were composed mostly of undergraduate students who completed SW 350: Child Welfare at San Francisco State University. A survey instrument was created which was adapted from previous researchers' tools. The findings of the study indicated that there is no statistically significant difference in the human element in the traditional classroom environment and the distance learning classroom environment. Course format has a statistical significant difference on sense of community. Students' responses indicate that there is a difference in sense of community in the distance learning environment and the face-to-face environment. A chi square test was calculated. It concluded that students favored sense of community more in the face-to-face environment rather than the distance learning environment. Course format does not have a statistical significant difference on interaction. Course format does not have a statistical significant difference on feedback.

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