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Doing Work Based Research

Doing Work Based Research
Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-Researchers

March 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

With the growth of practitioner research, this book leads the way by addressing key issues faced by 'insider researchers' – those doing research projects in the organizations and communities in which they themselves work, or where they are already familiar with the setting.

The authors explore the implications of these research contexts, and discuss approaches and methodologies that researchers in these contexts might adopt, with a particular focus on ethics - one of the key concerns for students undertaking a research project of this type.

This book is for anyone undertaking a research project based on work practice, including postgraduate, undergraduate and doctoral students. Students on work-based programs or modules including education, healthcare and business courses, whose research projects are often undertaken in workplace settings, will find it particularly useful.

Key Concepts for the Insider-Researcher
Search and Review of Relevant Knowledge and Information
Research Ethics and Insider-Researchers
Privilege, Power and Politics in Work-Based Research
Gaining Access for the Insider-Researcher: Issues, Practices, Audiences, Ethics and Gratitude
Learning Contracts/Agreements and Intellectual Capital
Developing a Methodology
Collaborative Research
A Reflection on Professional Practice
Work-Based Research in Action
The Development of a Research Proposal
Preparing and Evaluating Project Outcomes and Then Assessing the Learning Achieved
Recommendations and Presentations Arising from the Research

A really clear and concise text that highlight the key issues to consider for an insider researcher

Ms Joanna Booth
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby Univ.
July 6, 2014

This is a substantial resource for both novice and experienced insider researchers. It goves good pointers and raises key challenges for those who wish to research the ground within which they stand.

Mr Gerry Myers
Dept of Education & Professional Studies, University of Limerick
June 4, 2014

This is a great book. It provides essential information in short easy to access and clearly written sections. It is not overly heavy on the theoretical underpinning. However, it is ideal as a research companion for students wanting a quick reminder or refresher on what specific research approaches, perspectives methodologies etc., mean and are appropriate for.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
March 31, 2014

Work-based Learning is key in this Foundation degree, and this book supports this learning journey in a clear and engaging way.

Abbe Law
School of Law. Justice and Community Studies, Blackburn College
February 5, 2014

This clearly written text provides readers with a useful range of topics to consider. The book progresses through a range of essential topics, providing useful and thought provoking information for the practitioner engaged or about to embark on insider research.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
November 30, 2013

A very well structured manual about a recent research methodology in use, work based research. Although there are some researchers that do not consider this type of research as valid scientifically, the number of field studies has been increasing in the last years. The manual presents some key topics to take into account when doing this type of research, such as ethics, privilege, power and politics. Important and relevant references are included.

Mr Paulino Silva
Accounting, ISCAP | IPP
November 28, 2013

A useful step-by-step guide. particularly for students undertaking a specific module that has a practice-based research element. As well as guidance on planning approaches to research, selecting methods adopting methodologies, this book also talks about practical issues such as gaining access. I thought the section on evaluation was particularly useful; it contained clear guidance on the importance of thinking about success.

Dr Jane Jackson
Faculty of Education & Lang Studies, The Open University
November 26, 2013

A detailed and accessible text with a clear layout. The 'Discussion Questions' at the end of each chapter provide helpful pointers for further study.

Mr Don Hall
Faculty of Education (London), University of Cumbria
November 21, 2013

I think the attention to the particular ethical issues of doing research in your own workplace is a great asset of this book.
As this is a very broad approach to work-based research, this makes for a good introduction that will need to be complemented with further reading, as and if needed by the students.

Dr Amélie Gourdon
Kingston Business School, Kingston University
June 19, 2013

Fundamental for those undertaking research in their own organisations

Ms Hazel Messenger
Business School, London Metropolitan Uni (North Campus)
June 17, 2013

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Chapter One

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