Study Skills for Social Workers

Study Skills for Social Workers

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'The book is completely student focused. I envisage students having the text on their desks when they attempt their written work, and this is very much how a study guide should be used' - Professor Keith Popple, London South Bank University

Study Skills for Social Workers offers an accessible insight into the practical use of skills for study in a professional social work context. Engaging with students on their journey through the undergraduate or postgraduate qualifying course, it uses relevant case material from academic and social work perspectives to demonstrate the connection between study and practice. The book is comprehensive in its coverage of the core study skills, including guidance on:

Effective writing
Successful communication
Reflective study
Learning in the workplace
Understanding feedback.

Written in a student-friendly style, Study Skills for Social Workers is interspersed with activities and exercises to enable students to practice and improve their skills as they move through the text. Also included is a glossary, and model answers to sample questions.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 12.7mm | 500g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Student edition
  • Student, Study Guide
  • 1847874576
  • 9781847874573
  • 1,155,979

Table of contents

What Does This Book Aim to Do?
Will this Book Help me Pass the Course?
Key Features of this Book
Thinking about Learning
Where are You Now as a Learner?
Learning as a Child or as an Adult?
How does Learning Happen?
Learning Styles
Skim the Surface or Dive in at the Deep End?
Common Learning Obstacles
Your Learning Goals
Tackling Boredom and Frustration - Head on!
Further Reading
Self-Management and Organization
Working Independently
Organising Independent Study Space
Avoidance Strategies and Procrastination
Stress and Stress Management
Useful Resources
Further Reading
Learning in the Workplace
Work-based Social Work Courses
Working with Colleagues
Skills for Managing Change
Communication, Confidence and Understanding
Support and Guidance
Useful Resources
Further Reading
Learning Online
What is E-learning?
What Sort of Technologies Might You Be Using?
How Will E-Learning Be Used?
Effective Use of Online Learning Environments
Doing Research Online
Independent Learning Online
Online Collaboration and Group Work
Useful Resources
Further Reading
Researching, Reading and Critiquing
What is Research?
How is Research Relevant to Your Course?
Projects and Dissertations
Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Searching the Literature
The Six-step Search Strategy
The Snowball Technique
Effective Reading and Note-taking
Writing about Research
Foregrounding your 'Writer Voice'
Planning a Research Project
Useful Resources
Writing Effectively
Why is Writing so Important?
Improving your Writing Skills
Support for Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
Your Previous Experience of Writing
Getting used to 'Academic Writing'
Writing at Higher Education Level
Types of Academic Writing
Writing Essays
Other Types of Writing
Further Reading
Referencing Effectively
Referencing is a Learnable Skill
The Key to Successful Referencing
Why Are You Asked to Use Referencing?
Referencing in Practice
Reference Lists
Referencing Exercises
Other Referencing Tips
Further Reading
Communication and Awareness Skills
Service-users, Carers and Communication Skills
Developing Your Confidence in Communicating
Communication and Social Work
Ensuring Accuracy - Information Fit for Purpose
Active Listening
Verbal Communication
Non-verbal Communication - Observing Communication Through Behaviour
Eyes - the Mirrors of the Soul?
Further Reading
Using Feedback Effectively
Personal Development Plan
Why Feed Back?
Feedback on Your Assignments
Feedback from Service-Users and Carers
Feedback from Colleagues
Feedback from Peers
Dealing with Criticism
Further Reading
Reflection in Social Work
They 'Why' and 'What' of Reflection
A Tool for Reflection
The GSCC Codes of Practice (2002)
Reflection and Accountability
Suggested Answers
Useful Resources
Further Reading
Developing Social Work Portfolios
Core Skills Portfolios
The Continuous Professional Development(CPD)Portfolio
Practice Portfolios
Further Reading
Computing Principles and Concepts
Social Work and Computing Skills
The Basic Concepts of IT
Managing Files Effectively
Using Databases to Access Information
Database Fundamentals
Computing and Assistive Technologies
Computing in Social Work Practice Settings
Data Protection Issues
Useful Resources
Computing Skills Workshop
Help Options and Online Resources
Features in Microsoft Office 2007
Word Processing
Presentation Software
Part 1: Authoring Your PowerPoint Presentation
Part 2: Delivering Your Presentation
Using Spreadsheets
Using Basic Formulae in Excel
Creating Charts and Graphs in Excel
Useful Resources
Further Reading
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