Allen, Robin W.
Most widely held works by Robin W Allen
Feynman lectures on computation by Richard P Feynman ( Book )
35 editions published between 1996 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Feynman's philosophy of learning and discovery comes through strongly in these lectures. He constantly points out the benefits of playing around with concepts and working out solutions to problems on your own - before looking at the back of the book for the answers. As Feynman says in the lectures: "If you keep proving stuff that others have done, getting confidence, increasing the complexities of your solutions - for the fun of it - then one day you'll turn around and discover that nobody actually did that one! And that's the way to become a computer scientist."
An exploration of family-centered, strengths-based social work practice in early intervention programs by Robin W Allen ( )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This interpretive interactionism study explored the practice of twelve social workers employed in early intervention programs for the families of children with special needs. In particular, this study examined the nature of social work practice given the mandate from Part H of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1991 (IDEA) that the role of families in early intervention programs is to be strengthened. Using in-depth interviews and content analysis, the researcher collected descriptions of the process of working with families. Both social workers and their directors/administrators were interviewed to develop an understanding of how social workers make meaning of their practice with families, and to explore the environmental context in which the social workers practice. In addition, the educational and training background of the social workers and their directors was examined. The programs that were included in the study reported that a family-centered philosophy guides their service delivery model. This study examined how each of these programs defines and implements their version of family-centered practice. Strengthening the role of families in early intervention programs through the implementation of a family-centered philosophy is described as a process where programs are at different stages. The implementation of Part H of IDEA has caused many changes in the programs such as increased staff size, introduction of new disciplines and a team-based service delivery model, and increased bureaucracy. Programs also reported chronic problems of staff shortages and lack of resources. Next, the specific roles and responsibilities of the social workers are described as well as descriptive accounts provided of how they help families. The social workers reported the way that they help families the most is by empathic listening. The study points to a number of practice and policy implications: First, the importance of adequate supervision and emotional support for social workers; Second, the need for a clearer understanding of what family-centered, strengths-based practice means; and, the importance of preparing early intervention professionals in proactive approaches to cost containment strategies that are dramatically changing the way in which social welfare services are being delivered
Feynman Lectures on Computation by Richard P Feynman ( )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide