Teaching research methods to social work students in India and Australia: reflections and recommendations

Ponnuswami, Ilango, and Harris, Nonie (2017) Teaching research methods to social work students in India and Australia: reflections and recommendations. Social Work Education, 36 (6). pp. 690-701.

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This paper draws on the reflections of two social work educators who have, for many years taught research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate social work students in India and Australia. The intent is to suggest measures for enhancing the quality of social work research education. The reflections are embedded in a social justice and human rights framework, privileging the educators’ unique social and cultural contexts and their commitment to engage with indigenous knowledge. The authors recommend effective social work research education requires the educator to draw on a deep understanding of their own context, as well as globally accepted research traditions. Particularly, we encourage research teachers to adopt student-centred approaches that emphasise a broad ‘research mindedness’ (in their students and themselves), building students’ practical capacities and confidence to become effective, research informed practitioners; capable of contributing to their own communities and to the social work profession more broadly.

Item ID: 49476
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-1227
Keywords: social work education; pedagogies; research education; Indigenous knowledge; social work; research minded practice; skills teaching
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 04:08
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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