Research Philosophy Statement

The knowledge and skills of research are important aspects in the education of social work students and in the social work curricula at Roberts Wesleyan College.  The ability to “use practice experience to inform research, employ evidence-based interventions, evaluate [one’s] own practice, and use research findings to improve practice, policy, and social service delivery” (Council on Social Work Education, 2010, p. 5) is crucial to becoming a competent practitioner of social work.  Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a current, relevant model for integrating research concepts and methods into social work curricula and practice by providing students with a vehicle for incorporating traditional research methods with the skills of effective social work practice.  Given the important place of research in social work education, the pedagogy of teaching research should be integrated into all relevant courses in both the BSW and MSW programs.