Author: Wulf Livingston, Bangor University

Day Two – Wednesday 26th June

Strand – Health & Well Being and Social Care

Session Four: 9.30am – 11am

The presentation will explore a specific data set taken from a recently submitted PhD thesis, whose overall research is a qualitative exploration of social worker’s acquisition of knowledge about alcohol and its use in practice. The study utilised biographical interviewing as a primary data collection method.

The presentation will show how the use of this data collection method is a growing consideration for exploring a wider range of topics within social work research (Kyllonen 2004, Riessman and Quinney 2005; Phillips et al 2012; Somerfield and Hollenstein 2011). It offers an exploration of biographical interviewing as a contributory data collection method within wider research and mixed method frameworks. One of the consequences of this approach has been the establishment of a conceptual framework for understanding social worker’s journeys into to the profession.

This presentation explores four primary trajectories into social work, which have some real value in contributing to the wider discourse on social worker’s journeys into the profession (Cree 2003, LeCroy 2002), as well as contributing to an understanding of routes of knowledge acquisition. It then considers both method and findings through critical issues of individual and professional identity, considerations and contributions for social work education, social workers’ professional support and transferability to other similar professional identities.

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