Melody K. Waring


Ph.D. Student


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School of Social Work


University of Wisconsin-Madison


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The Stats Requirement: Statistical Thinking as Social Work


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Melody K. Waring
Journal of Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1662864, 2019

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Abstract:
The statistics requirement in social work curriculum can be seen by students as a detour from the substance of social work. In this note, I describe my experience teaching part-time master’s students that statistical thinking is social work—it is an application of the social work code of ethics and a critical tool in practice for making pragmatic decisions. I use two applied examples to demonstrate how statistical thinking can both equip social workers to identify inequity (through “rejecting the null”), and to avoid practices with insufficient evidence (through “failing to reject the null”). Based on my experience, I suggest some strategies for other people to use when teaching statistics to social workers.

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APA
Waring, M. K. (2019). The Stats Requirement: Statistical Thinking as Social Work. Journal of Social Work Education.

Chicago/Turabian
Waring, Melody K. “The Stats Requirement: Statistical Thinking as Social Work.” Journal of Social Work Education (2019).

MLA
Waring, Melody K. “The Stats Requirement: Statistical Thinking as Social Work.” Journal of Social Work Education, 2019.