Patterns and Trends of Social Work Dissertations in Canada

22 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2014

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David Rothwell

Oregon State University - School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences; McGill University - School of Social Work

Lucy Lach

McGill University

Anne Blumenthal

McGill University

Bree Akesson

Wilfrid Laurier University

Date Written: January 31, 2014

Abstract

The first social work doctoral program in Canada began in 1952. Relatively recently the number of programs has grown rapidly, doubling in the past ten years to 14 programs. Despite the expansion there is no systematic understanding of the patterns and trends in doctoral research. In this study we review 248 publicly available dissertations from 2001 to 2011. We find that most dissertations are qualitative and descriptive in nature with a relatively low percentage focusing on intervention. We compare findings with other dissertation studies and raise critical questions about the knowledge base of social work in Canada.

Keywords: Canada, social work education, research methods, dissertations

Suggested Citation

Rothwell, David and Lach, Lucy and Blumenthal, Anne and Akesson, Bree, Patterns and Trends of Social Work Dissertations in Canada (January 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2390227 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2390227

David Rothwell (Contact Author)

Oregon State University - School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences ( email )

Corvallis, OR
United States

HOME PAGE: http://health.oregonstate.edu/people/rothwell-david

McGill University - School of Social Work ( email )

3506 University Street, Suite 300
Montreal, Quebec
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.mcgill.ca/socialdevelopment

Lucy Lach

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.mcgill.ca/socialwork/faculty/lach

Anne Blumenthal

McGill University ( email )

1001 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1G5
Canada

Bree Akesson

Wilfrid Laurier University ( email )

75 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Canada

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