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Doing Social Work Research

Doing Social Work Research

November 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This book is a practical beginner's guide to both conducting and using research within the context of social work practice. A clear and accessible introduction to applied research methods for social work students and practitioners, this text covers the key themes, debates and approaches, including:

  • The ethics of social work research
  • Conducting interviews and questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Observation and narrative
  • The involvement of service users
  • Analyzing data

With practical exercises and reflective questions, this is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate qualifying social work students.

What's Distinctive about Social Work Research?
Practitioner Research - Engaging with Individuals, Organizations and Communities
The Ethics of Social Work Research
Service Users, Carers and Social Work Research
Interviews and Questionnaires
Focus Groups
Observation, Narrative and Other Approaches
Analyzing Data
Developing a Research Proposal and Writing a Research Report

A good handbook to help support students understanding around research methods within the social work field.

Dr Azora Josephine Hurd
Social Work, Gloucestershire University
October 20, 2015

This book is a useful guide for students undertaking a social work research project and dissertation. The chapters on ethics and writing a research proposal are particularly helpful. I will be recommending it to students on the MA Social Work degree at the University of Wolverhampton.

Miss Fiona Morgan
School of health and wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
April 23, 2014

A really useful book for both undergraduates and postqualifying student.

Clear style that is easily understood and a very good addition to my reading list.

Ms Ikedola Animashaun
Social Work, Brunel University
November 25, 2013

This book is a very simple and concise introductory text for social work students.

Mrs Roberta Springer-Proverbs
General and Continuing Education, Barbados Community College
September 17, 2012

For social work students undertaking research programmes, many texts appear to translate better to health and nursing. This text specifically addresses this issue by providing good advice and clearly focussed examples to support social work students in their research projects.

Mr David Coyle
Nursing , Chester University
May 9, 2012

An excellent book and one which academic staff, students and practitioners must engage with.

Mr Richard Ingram
Social Work , Dundee University
November 9, 2011

This text offers a clear and comprehensive overview of social work research and will be helpful for students in putting together research proposals.

Ms Kate Karban
Department of Social Sciences & Humanities, Bradford University
September 23, 2011

A good introductory text to move students on to more in-depth research texts.

Professor Jonathan Parker
Social Work , Bournemouth University
August 30, 2011

A useful, accessible yet concise introductory applied SW research text will be helpful across a range of UG & PG courses. This contemporary text remains 'practice - centred' but importantly & usefully outlines WHY social work research matters rather than just focusing upon HOW to do it.

A good range of diverse practical exercises and reflective questions - provide a really useful teaching resource.
I have no hesitation in recommending this text to all 3rd yr students on our applied research module plus PQ or some PG students.

All chapters provide useful guidance to different research methods whilst keeping key SW values & principles central to the discussion.

Thank you David Gaylard

Mr David Gaylard
other, Chichester University
July 20, 2011

This is a clear and accessible book - practical excercises and reflective questions really useful .

Ms Linda Gillespie
School of Socail Work applied behavioural studies, University of Cumbria
July 12, 2011