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  WHY BE RESEARCH MINDED?


   

Learning pathways for Practitioners

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1. Using this resource

It is always good practice to read the introduction to an e-learning resource to familiarise yourself with the style, navigation design and contents  

2. Assessment

This short exercise will help you understand better how this resource can support your learning  

3. What is research mindedness?

Research-minded or research-informed may not be terms you have heard much about. So this section is important to clarify the meaning and to show why it is important for social workers and social care workers to be research-minded Show that they have kept up to date with research within a chosen specialism

4. Case studies

Relating theory to practice usual helps with developing deeper understanding. Show that they have kept up to date with research within a chosen specialism

5. Research in context

Research is not a neutral activity and this section explores the contemporary social and policy context of research practice that you need to be aware of. Identify ways in which Research Mindedness has been applied in relation to agency policy and organisational context

6. Finding Research

A key skill in being research-minded is how to locate credible, up to date research findings and this section gives you all the basics. Show a comprehensive knowledge of research studies relating to complex areas of work.

7. Making sense of research

Understanding research can sometimes be confusing and different evidence on the same topic may seem to present contradictory findings. This section helps with increasing confidence in how to use research findings to inform your studies and practice Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate theoretical perspectives, literature, research and models or work relating to a specific area of complex practice.

8. The research practitioner

This section will help if you are carrying out research as part of your placement or coursework as it focuses on doing research Demonstrate the ability to devise and undertake the evaluation or monitoring of an aspect of agency policy, service provision or practice (including the perspectives of users, consumers or recipients of services).
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Demonstrate the ability to devise, undertake or evaluate in a small research project about an aspect of agency policy, service provision or practice, how relevant research has informed practice (including the perspectives of users, consumers or recipients of services).
     
       
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