Who is the resource intended for?
At its most simplest level, we hope the resource will be of interest
and value to all social work/social care students and staff for whom
research mindedness is, or is likely to become, a professional concern.
Specifically, this resource has been designed to assist students studying
on social work qualifying courses, at both undergraduate and postgraduate
levels. Used in conjunction with other learning and teaching resources
and activities, it will help students meet the required standards and
Standards set by the relevant regulatory bodies
Competencies for research literacy are set out by the Quality
Assurance Agency (QAA) in their subject
benchmarking statements for social work education and training.
The resource has also been designed to be of use to staff working in
practice contexts – practitioners, managers, research and information
officers, staff developers, practice learning teachers, etc. –
both in their day-to-day work, and in support of their continuing professional
To make it accessible and encourage its use amongst the widest possible
range of students and staff, we have not specified any pre-requisite
level of understanding, or assumed any prior knowledge of research mindedness.
However, in order to ensure that you benefit from your visit(s) to the
resource it has been designed to do several important things:
- explain what is meant by the concept of research mindedness
- engage your interest in understanding more about research mindedness,
and how it relates to your studies and/or practice
- help you assess your current level of understanding of research
- assist you in identifying your learning needs and meeting them
through guided self-managed learning
- provide you with access to a range of resources to expand and enhance
your knowledge of research mindedness
- suggest ways in which you can continue to develop your capability
for research mindedness
What the resource does not do
The resource is not a Research Methods course, and has not been designed
to fulfill that role. However, where relevant to the task of helping
you to review your current research methods knowledge and skills, you
may be directed to specific additional resources. The decision whether
to make use of these resources is, of course, yours.