Doing Social Work Research
- Louise Hardwick - University of Liverpool, UK
- Aidan Worsley - University of Central Lancashire, UK
Research Methods in Social Work
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.
A good handbook to help support students understanding around research methods within the social work field.
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.
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.
This book is a very simple and concise introductory text for social work students.
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.
An excellent book and one which academic staff, students and practitioners must engage with.
This text offers a clear and comprehensive overview of social work research and will be helpful for students in putting together research proposals.
A good introductory text to move students on to more in-depth research texts.
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
This is a clear and accessible book - practical excercises and reflective questions really useful .
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: What's Distinctive About Social Work Research?