If social work students are to flourish in their careers, and go beyond a basic sense of ‘competence’ in practice, it is essential to develop a sense of Professional Self. This book will help students develop critical understanding of their own social work practice, and the tools and skills required to become a professional social worker.

Professionalism and Practice-Focused Research

Roger Smith

Professionalism and Practice-Focused Research

Professionalism and practice-focused research
Roger Smith

Introduction: The Place of Research in Social Work

Social work as a discipline is an applied form of inquiry, obviously, in the sense that its central focus is practice; and it might seem equally obvious that the quality of practice in turn depends on an active engagement with research (‘knowl-edge’), just as it is underpinned by the other two elements of the triad, ‘skills’ and ‘values’. Thus, we might expect research activity to be readily recognised as a significant contributor to the pool of ideas and evidence informing and supporting practice; and we might also expect to see social work practitioners as active users and producers of research. Indeed, there has been much recent emphasis on ...

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