Teaching Research Methodology to the Reluctant Social Work Student

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Many social work students approach research with some reservation. This paper describes the use of a participatory action research (PAR) model to teach undergraduate social work students research. This model includes the following elements: 1) collaboration with an area agency; 2) integration with social work education; 3) policy analysis; 4) literature review; 5) qualitative and quantitative research design; 6) identification of social action efforts; and 7) evaluation. The presenter will also review methods of assessing educational outcomes.


Keywords: Research, Sociology, Social Work, Education, Teaching
Stream: Research Methodologies, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Daria Hanssen

Program Director, BSW Level, Social and Behavioral Science, Marist College
Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

I have served as the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work Program at Marist College since 2001. I completed my Ph.D. at Hunter College School of Social Work, Graduate Center of City University, and my MSW at Florida State University. I have provided direct service in the fields of children and family mental health, child welfare and family preservation and have ongoing research interests in these arenas as well as social work pedagogy. I presently teach across the social work curriculum, including social inequality, social research methods and practice courses.

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