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Introduction to Co-operative Inquiry

Event Details
Date: 22nd Nov 2018
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1


Organiser: AASW

This workshop introduces the co-operative inquiry methodology, presents ideas about how to write a paper for publication and gives an example of how to conduct an inquiry. This workshop encourages social workers to share publicly their insights about social work practice, education and research.

Learning objectives

  1. To introduce the basics of co-operative inquiry.
  2. To explain the phases of a co-operative inquiry.
  3. To encourage people to publish social work practice wisdom.
  4. To demonstrate how a co-operative inquiry can work within a social work setting


Monica Short is a lecturer and researcher. Monica received the 2016 ANZSWWER Field Placement Recognition Award – nominated for championing innovative models for research. Monica has co-published and published about the co-operative inquiry methodology including:

Short, M. (2018). The co-operative inquiry research method: A lived experience. In M. Pawar, W. Bowles, & K. Bell (Eds.), Social work: Innovations and insights (pp. 232-244). North Melbourne, Vic: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

Short, M., & Healy, J. (2017). Writing 'with' not 'about': Examples in Co-operative Inquiry. In S. Gair & A. V. Luyun (Eds.), Sharing Qualitative Research: Showing Lived Experience and Community Narratives. London: Routledge.

Workshop participants representing CUFEG

Kim Sami (Western Sydney University), Vicky Ganas (Western Sydney University), Iris Silva Brito (ACAP), Eileen Van Dyk (University of New South Wales), Mim Fox (University of Wollongong), Suzy Velkov (University of Sydney), Erica Russ (University of New England), Serena Mathews (Charles Sturt University), Dalia Pisk (University of New South Wales). This workshop was a joint partnership between ACT NSW Combined University Field Education Group and AASW NSW Branch. IP regarding the workshop remains with Monica Short.

CUFEG stands for the ACT NSW Combined University Group. CUFEG members are social work, welfare and human services educators from universities across NSW and ACT. Its members are from ACU, ACAP, CSU, Griffith University, SCU, UON, UOW, UNE, UNSW, USYD and WSU. CUFEG is inspired by the principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities. Its focus is transformational learning for students enabled by quality field education experiences. CUFEG meets quarterly to exchange ideas, form and strengthen networks and grow field education. It generates collaborations, stimulates conversations and ignites possibilities with regards to field education through events, research and networks.

Target audience

All social workers interested in sharing with others their practice knowledge/wisdom.

Social workers who supervise students undertaking research or indirect placements.


Recording: 30 minutes

Worksheet: minimum of 30 minutes



Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this course, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW SWOT Platform.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.


  1. Register for this course by following the link to the right
  2. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing all access instructions.
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