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This fully revised and updated popular text successfully bridges the gap between theory and methods in social research, clearly illuminating these essential components for understanding the dynamics of social relations. The book is divided into two parts, with part one examining the issues and perspectives in social research and part two setting out the methods and processes.
Updates to this edition include: A new chapter on case study research A new concluding chapter Links to additional websites and IT applications that are integrated throughout the book Updated experiential examples and scenarios More international examples(hide)
"What a sensible book, a book born of much wisdom and practical experience. Pamela Trevithick takes the reader on a wonderfully clear but thorough journey of social work's knowledge, skills and values in which theories are elegantly put into practice. The whole enterprise is reassuringly held together by a strong commitment to organised thinking and the value of the social work relationship. For those who want to sharpen their ideas while keeping their practical feet firmly on the ground, this is the book for you." Professor David Howe, University of East Anglia, UK "
This new edition is an excellent resource for practitioners, students and indeed managers in social work and social care who are committed to effective practice and service delivery ...Trevithick provides a comprehensive knowledge and skills framework and excellent practice examples to enable the reader to apply the knowledge to undertaking skilled and effective practice. This is a clear, readily understandable and comprehensive text which also integrates the complexity of practising social work. I highly recommend it."Professor Joyce Lishman, recently retired as Head of School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, UK "A fantastic guide to social work practice and one I would recommend for the bookshelf of any social work student.(hide)
The emphasis is on inclusion and the authors suggest practical strategies to maximise inclusion while recognising and supporting diversity. New elements and increased emphases for the third edition include: Increasingly diverse SEN arrangements/principles across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland within an international context. Transition, including school transition and transition to adulthood and provision/arrangements for 16-25 year olds Additional educational needs of specific groups, including children from Gypsy/Roma families and looked after children Multidisciplinary teamwork and multiagency collaboration Early years: developmental issues with SEN; identification and assessment; intervention strategies. (hide)
She outlines each technique clearly, with step-by-step procedures for performing the analysis, a detailed guide to interpreting data output and an example of how to present the results in a report. For both beginners and experienced users in psychology, sociology, health sciences, medicine, education, business and related disciplines, the SPSS Survival Manual is an essential text. Illustrated with screen grabs, examples of output and tips, it is supported by a website with sample data and guidelines on report writing.
Drawing on studies about expertise The Expert Learner highlights the importance of: Providing opportunities and support to develop skills Being motivated to succeed Undergoing extensive deliberate practice Building powerful mental models to handle and organise information Receiving continuous and effective feedback to improve performance Developing self-regulation to monitor performanceThe Expert Learner takes these findings and applies them to education. What opportunities do our institutions offer to our students and how much choice do we really give them? How do we motivate the unmotivated and how do we stretch our higher achieving students? Are we helping learners to think for themselves and to make sense of what they are learning? With its rich source of ideas for expert teaching and learning, this book looks at some of the ways we can achieve 'wide-awake' thinking in the classroom. "Highly readable, plenty of examples, and packed with the power of thinking about learning in a way that can make the difference. (hide)
Professional issues covered include using evidence in practice, managing a caseload, and how far to fit into or question workplace culture. The features of this book include:* Guidance enriched by the latest research and expert knowledge of this transition period* Reflective learning boxes to help you identify how you can prepare * Case studies raising issues from student and registered nurses' experience going through this transition * Short chapters enable quick learning to support you now * Knowledge that will build your confidence and enhance your ability to fit into your first jobThis book is recommended reading for all final year nursing students and nurses new to the profession. "Packed with practical detail and the supporting evidence, it's obvious the authors are anchored in the reality of today's complex healthcare environments. (hide)
A brand new edition of an internationally renowned science bestseller Now well into its fourth decade, What is this thing called science? has become something of a classic the world over, available in nineteen languages. Each decade Alan Chalmers has drawn on his experience as a teacher and researcher to improve and update the text. In his accessible style, Chalmers illuminates the major developments in the field over the past few years.
The most significant feature of this new, fourth, edition is the addition of an extensive postscript, in which Chalmers uses the results of his recent research into the history of atomism to illustrate and enliven key themes in the philosophy of science. Identifying the qualitative difference between knowledge of atoms as it figures in contemporary science and metaphysical speculations about atoms common in philosophy since the time of Democritus proves to be a highly revealing and instructive way to pinpoint key features of the answer to the question 'What is this thing called science?'(hide)
Examining a variety of approaches, relevant to many different academic disciplines, this core text demystifies and defines writing practices and makes this form of high-stakes academic writing seem manageable. Writing for journals has never been more competitive, and writers, researchers, practitioners and students need expert guidance on productive practices and ways of maintaining focus and motivation, which Murray provides. This latest edition is completely updated and more relevant than ever for clinicians, practitioners and students. (hide)
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