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    Experiences of social workers in primary care in Ireland
    (Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2013-11-20) ; ; ;
    This article presents the findings of research conducted with social workers in primary health care teams in Ireland. Data from questionnaires and from a focus group were analysed. The findings draw attention to the nature of the role of the primary care social worker, including both the satisfying and challenging aspects of this role. It was evident that the participants liked the generic nature of their role and the fact that they worked with non-mandated clients. However, they encountered challenges related to resources, management structures and interdisciplinary work. The findings shed light on an area of social work that has been underresearched.
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    Creating a safe climate for active learning and student engagement: an example from an introductory social work module
    (Routledge (Taylor & Francis), 2012-06-19) ;
    This article explores the experiences of students who participated in a series of seminars that employed active learning methodologies.   The study on which the article is based involved two parts. Firstly, students completed a questionnaire after each seminar, resulting in 468 questionnaires. Secondly, nine students participated in a focus group where the questionnaire findings were explored. The research findings suggest that the students were highly engaged and that the mix of 'doin', 'observing', and 'reflecting' (Fink 2003) contributed to their engagement. However, in addition, the students' perspectives suggested that the learning environment in which the seminars took place was of particular importance. Overall, the study highlights that while active learning methodologies contribute to student engagement, the atmosphere in which the methodologies are used is also of central importance. Therefore, as well as paying attention to the cognitive aspects of learning, teachers need to consider the affective domains.
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