Saturday, August 16, 2008

Welcome Budding Researchers!

So . . . if you are reading this blog, you are most likely enrolled in Evaluative Research in the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama . . . Or . . . you are one of the many people all over the planet who have subscribed and make this blog a part of your daily reading . . . :) Either way . . . Welcome to the wild, wild world of Social Work Research!

This blog will feature articles, news stories, etc. that will attempt to bring research off of the text book page and into real life. You see, those of you who are social work practitioners or quite frankly anyone who exists in day to day life, already utilize the skills we will discuss in this class . . . we're just going name these skills with researchy labels and discuss the research process.

We are going to try and bring this topic to life a bit by discussing research in terms of practical application and evidence based practice. If they are not already, these two concepts will be branded into your brain. The concepts of practical application and evidence based practice are key because they are what allow us to transform the academic experience of research into the real life experience of research.

So, check back in on a regular basis and I'll try to come up with creative ways to bring this stuff to life!

Oh, by the way, check the map and live feed to the right of the postings . . . that map will show you the people around the world that are viewing our site . . . TRANSLATION: People all over the world will be reading your comments . . . that's kind of cool !


bekkah_s said...

Hi! I'm glad to be in this class although I don't consider myself to be a "researcher". I appreciate the idea of the blog and like that we have additional opportunities to learn rather than just listening to a lecture.

*Rebekkah S.*

jefN said...

Well, hello to you bekkah_s. I believe that all social workers are researchers they just don't know it yet!