Teaching social work research: A consumer's approach

Donald B. Kraybill, Elizabethtown College
David A. Iacono-Harris, Elizabethtown College
Richard E. Basom, University of Pittsburgh


This paper presents a critical consumer model for teaching social work research. Critical consumption is defined as the ability to understand, evaluate, utilize, and apply the results of social work research. The authors describe the use of this approach in their classroom and summarize a battery of "critical questions" they have used successfully to teach the skills of critical consumption. Although this model was developed in an undergraduate context, it has considerable relevance for teaching social work research at other educational levels as well. © 1982 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.