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Social work doctoral students in the UK: a web-based survey and search of the index to theses

Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn ORCID: and Maxwell, Nina ORCID: 2009. Social work doctoral students in the UK: a web-based survey and search of the index to theses. British Journal of Social Work 40 (2) , pp. 548-566. 10.1093/bjsw/bcn165

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Despite traditionally having low numbers of doctoral students, social work research is currently undergoing expansion at doctoral level. Professional doctorates are starting up, which are highly applied to practice and include modules as well as a thesis, and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has now recognized social work as a separate discipline for doctoral training. The aims of this research project were to identify who these social work doctoral students are, what they are researching and what their experience is of doctoral study. Quantitative and qualitative data were generated via a web-based survey of social work doctoral students across the UK—those on professional doctorates as well as Ph.D.s and those engaged in full-time and part-time study. The data were subject to bivariate analysis. There was also a search conducted of the Index to Theses for doctoral theses on social work topics over a ten-year period. Findings from both elements of the research are presented in relation to student demographics, employment and funding, type of doctorate, methodology and student satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Doctorates; social work research; research capacity-building;
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0045-3102
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 02:09

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