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Advice - Masters - looked after children
Stopshrieking · 12/06/2020 20:38
Which masters programme would you advise. I am interested in social work area but in theory only and not practice if that makes sense. So I don't want to be a social worker or teacher.
I am early fifties have a BA in education studies - studied as a very mature student - 2:1 from UCL - I have worked in different sectors of social support always in administration and now work in Adoption administration. - a charity and pretty poorly paid. I am really interested in the way social work practitioners and teachers write about children and how it is interpreted by children in later years when reading their own files. I may like to work in an area that informs the practice of writing reports or policy in education if looked after children but I don't have teaching experience . And it's not the main objective. It is more an interest grounded in personal experience. Can you think of any masters level courses I could look at. I am settled in my job now - dc getting older - my job doesn't really have prospects without social work degree or experience. Which is not something I want to do. But I feel I have the capacity to study for a masters. Could you advise please on a subject that I could research that might have a masters programme attached . TIA
Phphion · 13/06/2020 15:33
I would search for academics who have similar interests and then track back and see what and where they teach. They are more likely to include relevant subjects in their teaching and to be able to supervise a Masters dissertation on the subject.
You will probably need to decide whether your interests align more with education, social work or social policy as a Masters course will cover much broader ground than just the very specific issue you are interested in.
AlwaysColdHands · 17/06/2020 19:01
Maybe a Master by research? (MRes?)
Perhaps worth searching in the discipline of social pedagogy?
parietal · 17/06/2020 23:19
search on google scholar and start reading around the topic.
there is also a new online toy called www.connectedpapers.com/ which lets you find how papers link together. so if you find one paper that you like, then you can find others that are similar.
then look up the authors of the papers & see what university they are at etc.
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