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

by Catherine Flynn and Fiona McDermott SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
10/2016
ISBN:
9781473906624
Format:
Pbk 248 pages
Price:
AU$69.00 NZ$68.70
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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
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
Catherine Flynn - Department of Social Work, Monash University


Fiona McDermott - Department of Social Work, Monash University