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Studying for your Social Work Degree

Second Edition


June 2012 | 224 pages | Learning Matters
This fully-revised new edition looks at how students can make the most from their time studying on the social work degree. Focusing on each of the three years of study, the author skilfully unpicks the critical thinking, reflection and study skills essential for the completion of the degree. There are sections on autonomous learning, writing academically, communication skills and developing critical analysis and argument. This second edition has more information on how students learn, what makes for excellence in social work research, and how students can successfully integrate their skills with their practice.

 
PART ONE: PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS OF THEORETICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATIONS
 
Systems Theory
 
A Changing Working Environment:
 
Contemporary Systems Methods and Models
 
PART TWO: DILEMMAS AND CHALLENGES IN APPLYING SYSTEMS THEORY IN PRACTICE
 
Prevention and Early Intervention
 
Children and Young People at Risk
 
Using Systems Theory in Assessment
 
PART THREE: CREATING THE DIFFERENCE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
 
Collaborative Systems or Combative Systems?
 
Social Inclusion and Cultural Relevance:
 
Towards integrated appraisal and evaluation
 
Conclusion

"I consider this an excellent book for students throughout their degree studies - also for practice teachers/educators to use with students; and indeed for their own CPD." (Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University)


I have recommended this book to both first year and final year students. It is accessible, to the point and takes the students through the full three years of their degree. It ensures that first years are off to a good start with guidance on writing academically, these skills are then developed through the following chapters on critical writing, learning whilst on placement and becoming a research informed students. A worthwhile purchase for all students.

Miss Emma Perry
Institute of Education and Public Services, Gloucestershire University
October 22, 2013

Essential reading for students intending to undertake the social work degree. The book covers all aspects of the course, is easy to understand seting out skills needed both academically and as an individual.

Mrs Jean Pippard
Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Plymouth
February 19, 2013

Useful for year 1 students just starting the degree in Social Work

Mr Robert Wu
Social Work Department, Birmingham City University
November 7, 2012

A comprehensive guide to the requisite skills for successful academic progress. Adapted specifically for social work students it covers topics such as reflection as well as writing and research skills.

Ms Elisabeth Hunter
School of Health and Social Care, Greenwich University
September 13, 2012

A helpful book to the social work entrant

Mr Stefan Brown
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University of London
May 22, 2012

I recommend this to all students who start our programme and also to students who come to our Open Days as it covers study skills for social work students and new practitioners. It is the only book I know of which does this.

Ros Day
Social Work, Leeds University
March 6, 2012

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