ERIC Number: EJ1037234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Transdisciplinarity and Translation: Preparing Social Work Doctoral Students for High Impact Research
Nurius, Paula S.; Kemp, Susan P.
Research on Social Work Practice, v24 n5 p625-635 Sep 2014
Contemporary research models are becoming increasingly transdisciplinary (TD), multilevel, community-connected, and bent on expediting the movement of research to impact. This requires not only fresh thinking about the science of social work but an educational architecture that fosters both cross-disciplinary understanding of complex underlying determinants and the ability to translate that knowledge into effective, sustainable action. This article illustrates the need for greater intentionality and coherence in preparing social work practitioners and researchers for participation in this changing landscape. We focus here on doctoral level training, but underscore opportunities for a robust educational "pipeline" linking undergraduate and graduate professional degree preparation to that at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels. We summarize selected literature that defines and operationalizes TD translational research, reflect strategically on social work's positioning within this scientific "marketplace," and offer recommendations for capacity building in social work doctoral education.
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Student Research, Research Projects, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Graduate Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Work, Educational Change, Definitions, Models, Praxis, Educational Objectives, Research Needs, Mentors, Program Design, Program Content
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