DETAILS ON YOUR ASSIGNMENTS:
Instructions: Your work for this course will consist of three assignments. This work is designed to assist you in integrating your knowledge of social work practice with your new knowledge of social work research and the process of evidence-based practice. You will focus on your current/recent field placement or current/recent work in a social service or health care setting. If you do not currently work or attend field placement in a social service or health care setting your instructor will work with you or assign you to an appropriate setting. For each assignment in this course, please follow the following rules:
- Use American Psychological Association (APA) format (6th edition) for your writing, in-text citations, and references (see SSU SWK student handbook)
- Include a cover page and references in your main document, even though they do not count as part of the page limit
- Use the headers outlined in each assignment (e.g. write them into your paper)
- Use double spacing for text and references for assignments 1 and 3, single spacing for assignment 2.
- Pages should have a margin of one inch on all sides
- Every claim made in your first and third assignments needs to be supported by a citation – even if you think it is “common knowledge.” Do not use indirect sources (i.e. “Slayter (2008) as cited in Driskell (2009)…,” instead, find the original source)
- Use “personal communication” citation per APA style only in the first assignment
- Do not use quotes as sentences, to do so is not indicative of graduate level work.
Here is an example of what NOT to do:
This paper will explore the existing knowledge base about the impact of domestic violence on children. “The number of children exposed to domestic violence in the United States each year was estimated to be as high as 10 million. Data indicate high rates (28% to 70%) of these children are themselves physically abused, sexually abused, or both (Einat, 1998).” The long-term impact of parental domestic violence on children has also been documented (Willensky and Jones, 1999).
Here is an example of what you DO want to do:
This paper will explore the existing knowledge base about the impact of domestic violence on children. Existing research suggests that as many as ten million children witness domestic violence annually (Einat, 1998). Further, this research suggests that there is often co-occurrence of parental domestic violence with the physical and/or sexual abuse of children who witness such violence – at rates of between 28 to 70 percent, respectively (Einat, 1998). The long-term impact of parental domestic violence on children has also been documented (Willensky and Jones, 1999).
Assignment 2: Annotated Bibliography 20% (10-15 pages)
Based on the research question you identified at the end of Assignment #1 (i.e. What is the best available evidence to support (insert unit of service delivery) with (insert client/population)?) you will do a thorough literature search to explore existing knowledge on the topic.
Present an outline of your planned literature review on your topic. In each section, provide annotations for research that has been conducted about each of the section topics. You will use at the very least least 10 appropriate sources that draw on empirical work (vs. essays or theoretical discussions, literature reviews and/or meta-analyses are acceptable only if vetted with your instructor ahead of time). This should be the end product of a comprehensive scan of the literature - not simply the 1st 10+ citations you find that are related to your topic) J. As you gradually build understanding, it will become clear which sources are most relevant to your proposal. Do not copy the abstracts from the papers you review. Vet all questionable sources with your instructor (i.e. no random web search results unless they lead to a reputable source).
An annotated bibliography includes a brief, descriptive, evaluative paragraph (or two) for each citation presented. Quotes are not allowed. The annotation should include the following:
Statement of the article’s over-arching research question that identifies the social work intervention addressed
- Statement of the population studied.
- Critique of sample used in the study re: applicability to your agency/organization’s population
- Statement of the study’s data collection methods (qualitative/quantitative/mixed)
- Brief description of the intervention studied
- Brief statement about the major findings that relate to your population
- Brief commentary from you on the study’s limitations, including potential for implementation in your agency/organization
Please use single spacing.