Writing outline for social science audiences


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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 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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Writing outline for social science audiences

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