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SW3073 Research for Specialist Professional Practice critical reading & writing

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Craig Diver

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Transcript of SW3073 Research for Specialist Professional Practice critical reading & writing

What is the main theme ?
(or point being made)

• What methods are used to justify this ?

• What explanation or evidence is used to support the main points?

• In your view, what have the researchers not made clear or omitted ?

Get a general impression.

Initially don't get overwhelmed by detailed arguments: better to understand which sections require more careful reading.

Check headings, images & summaries.

If something is not clear or you don't understand.....

Accept that sometimes you need to re-read in order to check your understanding, reconsider particular points of interest & to add to your notes.
Be prepared to read in different ways depending on your purpose.

Sometimes you might quickly 'skim read' & grapple with the detail to improve your understanding of the topic.

What are you trying to achieve & how will that 'fit' your learning outcomes ?

Pay attention to the structure

What is the purpose of the research ?

Take notice of 'themes' in opening & closing paragraphs

Try to understand what you are reading, rather than simply memorising what you have read.

Are you clear about the researchers' approach & key messages ?
What have other studies found ??
This effort to understand is itself an aid to memorising.

Jot down a record of your findings, save in PC.
Date or code files.

to connect to key themes in your work.
•As you read through your chosen literature, it's important to


what are they ? what isn't stated ?

Approaches to reading
Style of writing ?

Is it formal, informal, simple or complex ?

Didactic or persuasive, narrative or analytical ?
Summary :

Be actively critical.
Is your research paper convincing ?
How have objectives been addressed by methodology ?
Be cautious about creating BIG generalisations
Think critically about context, beliefs, attitudes & subjective understanding
Aveyard, H. Sharp, P & Wooliams, M. (2011) A Beginners Guide to Critical Thinking & Writing Berkshire : OU Press

Elliott, J. (2005) Using Narrative in Social Research London: Sage

Healy, K. & Mulholland, J. (2012) Writing Skills for Social Workers (2nd ed.) London:Sage

Hek, G , Judd, M & Moule, P. (2003) Making Sense of Research : an introduction of health & social care practitioners (2nd ed.) London: Sage

Whittaker, A. (2012) Research Skills for Social Work (2nd ed.) London: Learning Matters

Today's session will focus on :

1) Effective methods for critical reading
2) Refer to an example of research
3) Identify strategies & principles
4) Suggestions to develop key messages in your presentation & assignment
clarify your idea
on your topic
Research for Specialist Professional

'critical reading & writing'
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