This essential guide to study skills takes social work students through every step of their degree journey, providing them with the academic tools they will need to thrive along the way. Inventively informed by the insights and reflections of qualifying students, the book offers effective guidance that is grounded in real experience of the social work degree. It is particularly suited to those in their early years of study and supports students as ‘social workers in the making’. The book covers a comprehensive range of the core study skills, including:

Time management; Literature searches; Engaging with research; Responding to new styles of social work learning and teaching; Critical thinking; Academic writing; Presentations

With reflective questions, handy practical tips and links to helpful websites, this accessible handbook is the perfect study companion for every student on the path to professional qualification.

Engaging with Research: Making the Connections
Engaging with research: Making the connections

Social workers are expected to draw on research in their practice and even research their own interventions, so social work students need to develop a good understanding of research activities and their relevance for practice. In this chapter we look at:

  • different approaches to social work research;
  • approaches to data analysis;
  • evaluating research literature;
  • developing a literature review.

It's just such a good feeling … to pull up a journal … so that, like, you know the research has just been done. (SW student)

When you start to engage with social work research, usually through a subject on research methods, like this student quoted above, the idea of research in your student and later professional career often begins to make ...

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