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Doing Research in Social Work and Social Care
The Journey from Student to Practitioner Researcher



© 2016 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

From understanding the concepts of research and gathering data, to writing it all up and sharing knowledge, this book will guide your students to become researchers by giving them:

  • a confident start with clarity on core concepts and getting it right ethically
  • step-by-step guidance at each point in the research process, showing them diversity in approaches, the impact of context and how to overcome problems
  • case studies of how real researchers embrace the challenges, surprises and successes of research
  • an emphasis on the person in context, so their research is reflective of the realities of social work and social care practice
  • a guide to writing it up and achieving impact and positive change with research.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PREPARING FOR RESEARCH
 
Research in the professional practice context
 
Frameworks underpinning research
 
Researching ethically: 'What you do is important but how you do it is more important'
 
Arriving at a research question: Building on existing knowledge
 
PART TWO: DOING RESEARCH
 
Research design: Shaping your study
 
Selecting and accessing data sources: Ensuring rigour
 
Speaking and listening: Interviews, focus groups and community forums
 
Counting and measuring: Questionnaires, scales and secondary analyses
 
Looking and seeing: Visual methods
 
'Toolkit'
 
PART THREE: MAKING USE OF RESEARCH
 
Making meaning from data: Qualitative analysis
 
Making meaning from data: Quantitative analysis
 
Writing and sharing your findings: Creating knowledge for practice

“An ideal resource for students and practitioners in social work and social care which provides detailed guidance on doing research in an easy-to-understand, engaging manner. Interesting examples of research from the field really bring the text to life.”

Jennifer Boddy, Griffith University, Australia

Jennifer Boddy
Griffith University

This is a very comprehensive book. Students find it easy to read and understand basic concepts of research methods. Additionally, to my knowledge, there are not many research methods book looking from a social work perspective, they are usually into health and social care research, which makes this book quite unique.

Mr Alfonso Pezzella
Dept of Mental Health, Social Work, Middlesex University
September 5, 2017

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Research in the professional practice context


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