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Investigating Approaches to the Teaching of Research on Undergraduate Social Work Programmes: A Research Note

Julie Fish

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 45, issue 3, pages 1060-1067
Published in print April 2015 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online November 2014 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcu132
Investigating Approaches to the Teaching of Research on Undergraduate Social Work Programmes: A Research Note

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This paper presents findings from a scoping review of curriculum delivery methods for research teaching in undergraduate social work education. The review was conducted by a working group of the JUC SWEC research committee following the introduction of a new degree by the Social Work Reform Board. The paper draws on data from a mixed-methods study, in which five models of research teaching were identified by a qualitative study, together with findings, which mapped how commonly the models were adopted, from a survey of sixty universities of all four countries of the UK. These models are discussed in relation to anticipated learning outcomes: research-informed teaching; educated consumers of research; research-mindedness; research capacity and reflective practitioner researchers. It is less than a decade since the Economic and Social Research Council (the government research council for the social sciences) first recognised social work as a distinct discipline; in this period, social work educators have taken innovative approaches to underpin teaching and practice learning by research. The study implications are that a larger study should provide evidence for the learning outcomes associated with different approaches.

Keywords: research; education; capacity; practice

Journal Article.  2407 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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