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April 2010 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'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
  • E-learning
  • 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.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, quizzes and videos on study success!

 
Introduction
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

 
Be SMART!

 
Tackling Boredom and Frustration - Head on!

 
Further Reading

 
 
Self-Management and Organization
Timekeeping

 
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

 
E-assessment

 
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

 
Listening

 
Active Listening

 
Verbal Communication

 
Non-verbal Communication - Observing Communication Through Behaviour

 
Eyes - the Mirrors of the Soul?

 
Presentations

 
Awareness

 
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
Portfolios

 
E-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

 
 
Index

Supplements

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This book has been recommended to first year students embarking on their social work study.
I particularly like the way it encourages students to make the link between study skills and social work practice. Study skills become an important and integral part of being a social worker.

Ms Susan Walton
Healthy and life Sciences, University of the West of England
September 27, 2011

I particularly liked the chapter on self management, which I think is neglected in some areas of social work training. Overall the book is a great manual for students and I too have found useful guidance to share with students.

Mrs Sally Booth
School of Education and Social work, University of Sussex
August 30, 2011

A useful resource across a number of modules on our Social Work degree.

Ms Barbara Coulson
Social Work, Nottingham Trent University
July 25, 2011

This text encourages students to develop responsibility for their own learning, and gives helpful commentaries to enable students to reflect on their learning styles

Ms Jackie Hughes
Please select your department, Coventry University
December 29, 2010

An excellent source of material for social work students at all levels

Mr Gerry Rice
School Management Group, Northumbria University
September 28, 2010

Christine Stogdon's text 'Study Skills for Social Workers' is a very welcomed and valuable contribution to social work education. As a University committed to widening participation, this texts helps students develop the right academic skills to achieve on this very demanding course. A text well worth promoting.

Mr Graham Tuckley
Dept of Social Work - HLSS, Wolverhampton University
September 20, 2010

Useful text that covers all the necessary areas, we'll use it for Masters students and probably for undergraduates as well.

Dr Simon Bradford
Education , Brunel University
September 17, 2010

I find this a very comprehensive and useful text which goes beyond just focusing on the production of assignments and reports to include valuable links to skills in communication, feedback and reflection, demonstrating how these effectively link the academic tasks to development of key practice skills.

Mr Ben Wyke
Social Work , Derby University
September 14, 2010

A very detailed book that I think most students would struggle to get good value from
Worth dipping into

Mr Michael Marriott
Dept. Family Care and Mental Health, Greenwich University
September 9, 2010

This book offers useful chapters on a number of core study skills, such as essay writing, research skills and referencing. However, where it really excels in enabling students to develop their problem solving and reflective practice skills. By providing a number of excercises in the form senarios it offers students the opportunity to engage in developing higher order skills. It also gives feedback on the excercises which allows students to consider their own actions. I will be recommending this book to students and asking the Library to stock it.

Ms Gillian Rice
Learner Development, Manchester Metropolitan University
August 31, 2010

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