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Social Work Research Guide

What are Open Educational Resources?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are openly licensed, free resources. This means that in addition to being cost-free, the user is free to keep, modify, combine, reuse, and share the resource.

OER can be physical or digital, and can be in any medium (audiovisual, text).

Contact Christina Boyle, OER coordinator, to learn more about implementing OER In your classroom.

Browse the OER guide to find links to OER collections, learn more about OER, see what other departments at CSI are using, and more!

 

Open Social Work Introductory Textbook

Scientific Inquiry in Social Work is an introductory OER textbook, by Matthew De Carlo, PhD, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at Radford University, Virginia.

From the book blurb, "As an introductory textbook for social work students studying research methods, this book guides students through the process of creating a research project. Students will learn how to discover a researchable topic that is interesting to them, examine scholarly literature, formulate a proper research question, design a quantitative or qualitative study to answer their question, carry out the design, interpret quantitative or qualitative results, and disseminate their findings to a variety of audiences. Examples are drawn from the author's practice and research experience, as well as topical articles from the literature. The textbook is aligned with the Council on Social Work Education's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Students and faculty can download copies of this textbook using the links provided in the front matter. As an open textbook, users are free to retain copies, redistribute copies (non-commercially), revise the contents, remix it with other works, and reuse for any purpose."