Research Issues in Social Work Education
The extent to which social work has a body of research-based knowledge, and the role of social work educators in generating such knowledge, has been questioned. Social work educators responsibility could be three-fold; firstly, in undertaking research; secondly, in ensuring research informs their teaching and the wider enterprise of professional development; and thirdly, in teaching about research. This chapter explores how far social work educators are themselves involved in research, the priority which they give to this area, and the issues raised by its pursuance. It seems likely that the more people involved in the research enterprise, in whatever capacity, the stronger the position of individual departments in attracting funding; new staff committed to developing research, or with established, research records; and research-oriented students. It is clear that considerable tensions persist regarding the place of research in social work education.