The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research
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The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research


© 2010 | 600 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The SAGE Handbook of Social Work Research provides a comprehensive, internationally-focused account of leading social work research, offering an original and defining statement on contemporary theory and practice within the field. The groundbreaking Handbook engages critically with the nature and role of social work research and evaluation in contemporary societies around the globe, and asks four key questions:

  • What is the role and purpose of social work research?
  • What contexts shape the practice and purpose of social work research?
  • How can we maximize the quality of the practice of social work research?
  • How can the aims of social work in its varied domains be met through social work research?

Ranging over local, national, and international issues, and exploring questions of theory and practice, this is a diverse and constructively organized overview of the field. It will quickly be recognized as a benchmark in the expanding field of social work research, setting the agenda for future work in the arena.

Ian Shaw, Katharine Briar-Lawson, Joan Orme, Roy Ruckdeschel
Mapping Social Work Research: Pasts, Presents and Futures
 
PART ONE: PURPOSES OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
f004 Nigel Parton and Stuart Kirk
The Nature and Purposes of Social Work
Annette Boaz and James Blewett
Providing Objective, Impartial Evidence for Decision Making and Public Accountability
Joan Orme and Katharine Briar-Lawson
Theory and Knowledge about Social Problems to Enhance Policy Development
f004 Daniel Gredig and Jeanne C Marsh
Improving Intervention and Practice
Susan White and Gerhard Riemann
Researching Our Own Domains: Research as Practice in ‘Learning Organizations’
f004 Bob Pease
Challenging the Dominant Paradigm: Social Work Research, Social Justice and Social Change
 
PART TWO: CONTEXTS FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
f004 Ian Shaw and Joan Zlotnik
Research and Government
Haluk Soydan
Politics and Values in Social Work Research
f004 Richard Hugman
Social Work Research and Ethics
Steve Trevillion
From Social Work Practice to Social Work Research: An Emergent Approach to a Basic Problem
Mikko Mantysaari and Richard Weatherley
Theory and Theorizing: Intellectual Contexts of Social Work Research
Roy Ruckdeschel and Adrienne Chambon
The Uses of Social Work Research
f004 Ian Shaw
Places in Time: Contextualizing Social Work Research
 
PART THREE: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
Jackie Powell and Blanca Ramos
The Practice of Social Work Research
Ian Shaw
Logics, Qualities and Quality of Social Work Research
Geraldine Macdonald and Jennie Popay
Evidence and Practice: The Knowledge Challenge for Social Work
Jane F Gilgun
Methods for Enhancing Theory and Knowledge About Problems, Policies, and Practice
Carmen Lavoie, Judy MacDonald and Elizabeth Whitmore
Methods for Understanding, Learning and Social Justice
Jennifer C Greene, Peter Sommerfeld, and Wendy L Haight
Mixing Methods in Social Work Research
f004 Katharine Briar-Lawson, Robyn Munford and Jackie Sanders
Challenges and Directions in the Practice of Social Work Research
 
PART FOUR: DOMAINS OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH
f004 Linda Briskman
Nation
Karen Staller and Tracie Mafile'o
Community
Mary Ruffalo, June Thoburn and Paula Allen-Meares
Children, Young People and Families
f004 Paul Bywaters and Michael Ungar
Health and Well-being
Sally French and John Swain
Disability
f004 Peter Huxley, Michael Sheppard and Martin Webber
Mental Health
f004 Philip McCallion
Social Work Research and Aging
Fergus McNeill, Dennis Bracken and Alan Clarke
Social Work in Criminal Justice
Joan Orme, Roy Ruckdeschel and Katharine Briar-Lawson
Challenges and Directions in Social Work Research and Social Work Practice

'Overall, then, the Handbook is undoubtedly a great success. It represents a state-of-the-art mapping of the parameters of social work research. Both structure and content lend themselves to what will certainly come to be regarded as a benchmark statement within the field... the editors of the Handbook have undoubtedly fulfilled their ambitions by producing what by any standards is a benchmark text which is well worth the investment - time, effort, money (!) - entailed in getting to grips with the stimulating and rewarding debates within. It is hard to envisage how this undertaking could have been more impressive...'
Qualitative Social Work Journal


This is a highly ambitious, well thought out, carefully constructed, and thought-provoking volume that 'maps' social work research past and present. It differs markedly from most edited texts in its combination of diversity, coherence, and comprehensiveness... an original, stimulating and readable book in which not a single chapter is a rehash of the writer's previously published papers, as happens all too often in edited volumes. The modest term 'handbook' in its title hardly does justice to the book's depth, scope, and quality. While it can certainly serve as a ready reference guide, its thoughtfulness and questioning make it much more than a compendium of information, however rich. It is highly recommended for social work professionals throughout the Western world.

International Social Work Journal


'This is an internationally relevant handbook in the real sense of the word, as it provides a holistic and thorough overview of social work research in its current state... I have had the book for some months now and it fills me with optimism every time I pick it up. It has had a similar effect on nervous final-year social work students studying research, as they have expressed a huge sigh of relief after

examining this text because it offers so much knowledge and expertise in one place. It is clearly a must-have textbook for all final-year undergraduates, postgraduates, post-qualifying and research students because there is something for all inside. I would even go as far as to say it is an unrivalled international text that practitioners should also have if they feel serious about transforming the profession that they are part of.'

British Journal of Social Work


This textbook covers the key elements of social work research. It provides in-depth summaries of more specialist issues. The content is quite complex in places so I would not recommend this to the less able students initially.

Mr Jeremy Dixon
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
September 28, 2015

A sound research text

Joy Gauci
Institute of Health, Social Care and Psychology, Worcester University
September 23, 2014

Excellent Resource for Social Work Research Students and Practitioners.

Professor Caroline McGregor
Dept of Political Science & Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway
May 21, 2014

This is a detailed and thoughtful resource for developing social work researchers. The introductory material creates a useful and thought-provoking context for the well devleoped research material.

Mr Tim Odell
Dept of Health,Wellbeing & the family, Canterbury Christ Church University
April 8, 2014

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