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Peter Lyons and Howard J. Doueck

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195373912

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373912.001.0001

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The Doctoral Degree in Social Work

The Doctoral Degree in Social Work

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(p.3) Chapter 1 The Doctoral Degree in Social Work
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The Dissertation
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Peter Lyons

Howard J. Doueck

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195373912.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of the history of Ph.D. in the United States, including a Ph.D. in social work. Topics covered include the definition of the doctoral degree and examination of the careers available for social work doctoral degree holders, as well as the structure of Ph.D. and doctoral education in general. The importance of social work values as they relate to dissertation research is examined, as is research on the quality of social work dissertations. In addition, the concepts of decision analysis and critical thinking (dimensions skill and traits) are also presented as useful aids in dissertation research.

Keywords:   social work, Ph.D, dissertation, research, doctoral education, values, decision analysis, critical thinking

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