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How does the resource work?

Most conventional learning resources - textbooks, open learning materials, lecture notes, etc. are designed to be used in a linear way, that is, by starting at a particular point, proceeding through a planned learning experience (or sequence of them), and finishing at another fixed point, often incorporating some form of assessment, e.g. an essay, test or exam.

Because this resource is aimed at two distinct audiences, students and practitioners, it has been designed to function in two different but complementary ways.

For students on social work/care qualifying courses the resource is primarily intended to be used in pursuit of specific knowledge and skills required for research literacy, as laid down by the regulatory bodies for social work education and training. These competency standards and benchmarks are set out in the Who is this resource intended for? section of this resource. Starting points which provide links to relevant sections of the resource. include:

Of course, as a student you can also browse the resource, using it as a source of ideas, concepts and examples about research mindedness.

For staff working in practice settings, who are likely to have already acquired some experience of using research to inform policy and practice decisions, the resource is more likely to be of value when used in a non-linear way. Indeed, in developing it we have assumed that the potentially wide range of social work and social care staff who might visit it may each have very different reasons for doing so - ranging from simple curiosity to a particular and/or urgent need for specific information.

So, for its practice audience it does not have a set of objectives based on achieving specific learning outcomes. Instead, as a professional worker you will be encouraged to explore the concept and application of research mindedness in a rigorous and systematic way, whilst pursuing your own learning objectives at whatever breadth and depth you think is right for you.

This process is aided by the section entitled Are you research minded?, designed to be accessible and usable by anyone who has, or wishes to develop, an interest in research mindedness. It will engage you in self-assessment about your current research mindedness, and learning how to improve it, right from the outset.

Whether you are a student or someone in a practice setting, the Research Mindedness resource can be of help to you in your studies and/or work. Its use also requires a minimum of proficiency with information and communications technology. If you have reached this point, you have the necessary ICT skills!

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