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Key features of the resource

Learning pathways

This resource has been primarily 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 competencies for research literacy set out by the regulatory bodies for social work education and training.

The resource has been designed to be accessed from any point in the program. However, it is sometimes difficult to decide where to start, and where a student’s needs and interests may differ from those of a practitioner.

Therefore, two suggested learning pathways have been designed to assist users of the resource to find and access the content areas that might be most useful to them, and in the most helpful order. These are for guidance purposes only; users may, of course, navigate their way around the resource content in line with personal preferences. To see these pathways, click on the links below:

The self-assessment tool

This element of the resource is primarily intended for social work and social care students and practitioners who already have some familiarity with the concept of research mindedness, either through direct involvement with research in some form, or through their studies. It is designed to offer a simple self-assessment about the user’s current understanding of research mindedness. When completed it provides feedback on the areas of the resource that are likely to prove most helpful to the user in improving their knowledge. Click here to access the self-assessment tool.

Case studies

This section of the resource contains case studies showing how research mindedness can assist practitioners to make more appropriate and effective interventions. The four case studies cover the following areas of social work and social care practice:

  • Children and Families

  • Disability

  • Mental Health

  • Community Care for Older People

Following an introduction to the case studies, each one is described in four simplified stages:

  • Beginnings

  • Making sense of the information

  • Deciding what to do

  • Reviewing the plan

Click here to view the case studies section of the resource.

Additional information and resources

Each section of the resource contains a number of references and external links to sources of supplementary information, publications, learning materials, policy documents etc. There is also an index of direct links to websites accessible via the resource. Click here to see the index.

Search facility

The resource contains a full text search facility that will help users to locate information quickly and easily. This facility is available from the top right of all pages. Simply type the term you wish to search for in the window and click on "Go".


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