This course will provide students with an orientation to research, scientific inquiry, and the contribution of research in social work practice. The course will help students define research terminology, the social work ethical standards pertaining to research and evaluation, and the role of the researcher in social work practice. Students will understand the ethical, political and cultural context of research to inform micro, mezzo and macro social work. This course is not required for Advanced Standing students.
Demonstrate how to search for and retrieve social work research studies to inform practice and navigate gaps in the evidence base (Essential 7; EPAS 4, 7, 9).
Demonstrate how to use social work practice experience and theories to inform the plan and implementation of a research data project (Essential 7; EPAS 4, 7, 9).
Develop a culturally appropriate quantitative or qualitative data collection protocol (Essential 44; EPAS 1, 5).
Demonstrate how to translate and report data results and other research-based insights to inform the improvement of social work practice on multiple levels (Essential 25, 27, 44, 45; EPAS, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8).
Describe how research can be used to combat racist, oppressive, and unjust practices and structures (Essential 25, 27, 44, 45; EPAS 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8).
This hybrid minicourse will make use of different methods to facilitate knowledge development: on-line lectures, discussions and practice exercises. This course is designed to increase students' comfort level with research methods and terminology to increase their appreciation for the relevance of research in social work practice.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
1080 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106