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Studying for Social Work

Studying for Social Work

January 2011 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Time: The Elastic Commodity
Managing the Literature: Learning to Love Information Management
Learning for Professional Practice: A Social Worker in the Making
Engaging with Research: Making the Connections
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing: Getting the Brain into Gear
Academic Writing: Making It Work
Essay and Report Writing: Getting the Words onto the Page
Academic Writing for Social Work: Getting the Style Right
Discussions, Presentations, Debates and Role Plays: Up Close and Personal

'The approach the authors have taken is fresh and engages the reader from the first page...After recommending this book to students I have noticed that it is often unavailable in the library and assume it is on loan, helping students to navigate their way through their social work studies.'

Karen Whittaker
Social Work Educator, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Christchurch, New Zealand
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work

Useful study guide for any student on a social work course, providing erelevant advice about studying skills in this field

Ms Karen Hillison
Department of Social Work, Hull University
June 16, 2014

A good 'go to' book for students across the degree programme. Succinct and straightforward. It offers explanations and examples that provide students with a good starting point for study.

Ms Lorraine Ellames
Academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
October 14, 2013

AN excellent book which I have recommended to my tutor group and which we have used together in discussions around preparing for assignments, values and the anxieties that they have about social work.

Mrs Kerry Fidler
School of Social Work, University of Leicester
January 19, 2012

This is an excellent study skills in social work text

Mrs Fiona Wilkes
BA (HONS) Degree in Social Work, North East Worcestershire College
August 16, 2011

Will be advising all candidates at selection to purchase a copy of this in preparation for the programme

Ms Elizabeth Mccreadie
Social Work , Thames Valley University
May 12, 2011

I am pleased to be adding this book to the others I am currently using for the Core Skills course. The text gives students a very good outline and grounding in what to expect from social work training and how they can prepare for the task of learning.

Mr Sam Miller
Division of Social Work, Huddersfield University
April 11, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Eileen Baldry

Mark Hughes

Dr Mark Hughes is Professor of Social Work in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia. He has worked as a social worker in health, aged care and mental health settings in both Australia and the UK. He has also worked as a social work academic at the University of Queensland, the University of New South Wales, and Goldsmiths College  London. Mark’s research interests centre on organisational practice, social work with older people, and lesbian and gay ageing. Mark is co-author of six books, as well as a range of journal publications. More About Author

Linda Burnett

Ian Collinson

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