Patterns and Trends of Social Work Dissertations in Canada
22 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2014
Date Written: January 31, 2014
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
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