"it's not scary": Empowering women students to become researchers

Lynn Holley, Christina Risley-Curtiss, Tonia Stott, Diane R. Jackson, Russell Nelson

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To increase their research skills and confidence, students in a nonresearch-focused elective MSW course gathered qualitative data through cross-ethnic interviews for a formal research project. Qualitative findings from a focus group of students were used to examine the perspectives of the students, all but one of whom were women, about (a) changes in their knowledge of and attitudes toward research, (b) the struggles they experienced, and (c) whether such projects should be integrated into other courses. Implications for social work educators who are seeking to empower social work students, especially women, to conduct research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-115
Number of pages17
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007


  • Empowering women students
  • Evaluation of teaching method
  • Pedagogy
  • Teaching qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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