Reading, Understanding and Applying Research module (SW30010)

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By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of different research paradigms and how this influences the meaning made of research findings
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the link between research and practice
  • Demonstrate a broad and integrated understanding of the place of research social work practice
  • Critically analyse, evaluate, synthesise and coherently present research including literature and data.

Like any professional activity, Social Work requires an ongoing relationship between theory and practice. Whilst 'theory' involves much more than just research, research is a vital part of your understanding. In order to make the most of what research has to offer, it is essential that you understand different methodologies - approaches to gathering and making sense of information - as well as the underlying theoretical positions that support them. Only then will you be able to decide what is good research and what is not; what is useful to you and how it might be applied; how to go about finding the most relevant research; how to synthesise critically the research that you review.

The module is assigned 30 credits at Level 9 of SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework).


This module is available on following courses: