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Theory and model development is important in social work. This powerpoint presentation provides guidelines for analyzing existing models, modifying existing models, and creating new models. Social …

Theory and model development is important in social work. This powerpoint presentation provides guidelines for analyzing existing models, modifying existing models, and creating new models. Social work has taken upon itself to make life better for other people. These guidelines may provide some direction for this work.

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  • 1. Social Science Writing That is Social Work-Specific
    Jane F. Gilgun, Ph.D., LICSW
    Professor, School of Social Work
    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
    November 30, 2010
  • 2. Contents
    Logical Organization of Ideas
    Contents of Introductory Section
    Contents of Second Section
    Procedures
    Findings/Expected Findings/Applications/Future Directions
    Clarity
    Directness
    Even-handedness
    Documentation
  • 3. What’s My Point?
    Social science writing is a particular form of writing that involves
    Logical organization of ideas
    Clarity
    Directness
    Even-handedness
    Documentation
  • 4. Logical Organizationof Ideas
  • 5. Logical Organizationof Ideas
    Title states the topic
    Use the APA manual as a guide for the structure and content of the paper/book/proposal (P/B/P)
  • 6. Logical Organizationof Ideas
    Write in first person, active voice (“I” or “we”)
    Abstract/Overview
    Summarizes the (P/B/P)
    Make it interesting
    Hooks & handles, if possible
  • 7. Logical Organizationof Ideas
    Topic in the first sentence
    First paragraph contains statements on
    Topic
    Significance of topic
    How you developed the contents of the P/B/P
  • 8. Logical Organizationof Ideas
    Potential or actual applications of P/B/P
    Directions researchers/practitioners/community members/policy makers/parents can go with the potential or actual findings
  • 9. Contents of SectionAfter Introductory Section
    Relevant Models of Practice
    Characteristics of Social Work-Specific Research and how they Apply to Topic
    Four Cornerstones
    Service User and Other User Perspectives including Values
    Practitioner Perspectives including Personal and Professional Values & Personal experience/Reflective practice
    Relevant Research
    Relevant Theory
  • 10. Characteristics of Social Work-Specific Research and how they Apply to Topic
    What are they?
    Common factors model
    Includes PIE
    Theories of change/causation
    Values
    Tensions between values
    Critical perspectives
    Advocacy
  • 11. Procedures for Developing/Adapting/Analyzing a Model
    Guidelines you used
    Heuristics you used that helped you think about components of your model
  • 12. Procedures for Testing a Model
    Statement about the completeness of the model
    Plans for obtaining information for the description of how the model works
    Plans for how you will adapt the model to fit how you have observed how it works
  • 13. Findings/Expected Findings/Applications/Future Directions
  • 14. Selected References
    Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). The NEATS: A Child & Family Assessment. Available from the instructors
    Gilgun, Jane F. (2010). Theory & Model-Building in Social Work: Course Syllabus
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     International Federation of Social Workers (2000). Definition of Social Work. Adopted by the IFSW General Meeting in Montréal, Canada, July 2000.
    Pelton, Leroy H. (2001). Social justice and social work. Journal of Social Work Education, 37(3), 433-439
    Smith-Maddox, Renee & Daniel G. Solorano (2002). Using critical race theory, Paulo Freire’s problem-posing method, & case study research to confront race and racism in education. Qualitative Inquiry, 8(1), 66-84.
    Wendt-Hironimus, Robert J. & Lora Ebert Wallace (2009). The sociological imagination and social responsibility. Teaching Sociology, 37, 76-78.
    Rolland, J.S. (2005). Cancer and the family: An integrative model. Cancer, 104(11sup), 2584-2595.

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