Doing Research in Social Work and Social Care
The Journey from Student to Practitioner Researcher
- Catherine Flynn - Monash University, Australia
- Fiona McDermott - Monash University, Australia
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.
“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
The text serves as an introductory ‘how-to-guide’ for doing research where the authors place a strong emphasis on producing rather than consuming research [...] the authors will entice all who read the book to take the plunge into the wonderful world of practice-based research
"The book feels like it was structured as a ‘journey’ through research, which feels a lot more empowering than the didactic, dry research texts that are more common. The way the book supports practitioners and students to explore and navigate ethical questions and dilemmas was also really useful."
Emily Piggott, Graduate Student.
A very interesting text with application across the workforce.
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.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Research in the professional practice context