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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

This is a useful introductory text to work-based research

Mrs Ruth Smith
Design, University of Central Lancashire
November 6, 2012

An excellent book which guides students new to work based research in a clear and supportive manner. An extremely useful 'pre-reader' before the start of a programme. We will be requiring students to read selected chapters ahead of seminars and tutorials.

Ms Michelle Groves
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
August 8, 2012

An excellent companion for undergraduate students wishing to pursue aspects of work based research

Ms Michelle Groves
Faculty of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
August 8, 2012

I found this book to be an very easy to read and practical text for students who are undertaking research within their organisation. It provides students with a guide as to how to determine the most appopriate ways to small scale research

Mrs Anita McGowan
Humanities , Croydon College
July 19, 2012

A pragmatic and realistic approach to undertaking research with a particularly useful exploration of the ethical issues.

Mr Cris Mepham
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
June 25, 2012

I am assigning this as required reading BEFORE students start on their programme. It serves as an excellent introduction to concepts and methods that will be used in many of their modules of study.

Dr Victoria Watts
Faculty Of Education, Royal Academy of Dance
June 13, 2012

Useful for first time researchers undertaking undergraduate dissertations after work placements and distance learners undertaking research within their organisations. Written in clear plain English. Raises awareness of areas such as such as copyright and confidentiality, sharing data, research ethics. Structuring a review, developing a methodology and reflection on practice are areas students have difficulty with and this text offers practical advice. The links to further reading are also helpful.

Ms Mary McCauley
Academic Skills Unit, Hertfordshire University
November 22, 2011

Exteremely relevant to students undertaking professional doctorate programmes, with a work - based focus to research design.

Dr Julie Smith
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University
October 14, 2011

Many of our undergrads undertake research in their workplaces. This book validates this as a research option, and clarifies some important issues. The ethics chapter for 'insider' researchers is particularly valuable in this regard.

Ms Rachael Jefferson-Buchanan
School of Education, Bath Spa University
September 7, 2011

Some of our students engage in work based research and for them this book provides a clear account of the aspects of research pertinent to them. The book is excellently structured and easy to read.

Ms Jill Mytton
New School, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
July 21, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter One


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