Learning to conduct collaborative social work research in the field
The research cards, videos and accompanying report from this research project support the development of research skills in a range of teaching and learning contexts, including field-based and practice settings.
Jane Maidment and Dominic Chilvers (CPIT) and Yvonne Crichton-Hill (University of Canterbury)
Date completed: October 2012
About the report
In this project, Jane Maidment, Dominic Chilvers and Yvonne Crichton-Hill implemented and evaluated a new approach to enhancing graduate competence, confidence and attitudes towards understanding and conducting social work research.
The project demonstrates the importance of learning about research by ‘doing research’, with placements being a good avenue for learners to develop their skills. Conducting research as part of a placement also enabled the social work organisations to benefit from the research.
For use in a range of teaching and learning contexts
While the cards were developed out of a project within the area of social work, the authors have further tweaked the Research Cards so that educators and learners across a range of disciplines will find them of value. Those working in early childhood education, computer studies, medical imaging, outdoor education, midwifery, and nursing have already provided positive feedback.
About the resources
Practising Research Cards
A comprehensive set of research teaching and learning cards have been developed for use by academics, field educators and learners, both in classroom settings and in the field. These can be downloaded free as a PDF from this page.
Boxed sets, including a "how to use" guide, can be purchased through our online shop.
What the cards consist of
There are 7 different card ‘suits’ - each one addressing a specific element of research:
- research process
- research methods
- literature review
- overcoming challenges
- exploring feelings
Each ‘suit’ contains 7 or 8 cards highlighting different characteristics of that element of research. Each card contains a description of the characteristic.
For example, the Research Process suit covers:
- question selection
- literature review
- research proposal
- ethical approval
- data gathering
- data analysis
- written record
Attached to each characteristic are a number of questions to facilitate critical thinking about research. For example, the characteristic Question Selection includes three questions:
- What is the central question that your research project will attempt to answer?
- Why is your research question important to answer?
- How could your research question be refined to make it more manageable to answer?
Filmed interviews were conducted with each of the learner and field educator participants and the interviews edited to create an online video teaching and learning resource.
This resource is intended for use in field and classroom settings and includes comments from field educators and students on their experience of conducting research in a placement setting. Participants discuss the projects they undertook, the challenges they faced and overcame, and the knowledge development they experienced through conducting practice research.
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