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Doing Social Work Research

Doing Social Work Research

October 2010 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 postgraduate qualifying social work students.

What's Distinctive about Social Work Research?
Practitioner Research - Engaging with Individuals, Organizations and Communities
The Ethics of Social Work Research
Service Users, Carers and Social Work Research
Interviews and Questionnaires
Focus Groups
Observation, Narrative and Other Approaches
Analyzing Data
Developing a Research Proposal and Writing a Research Report

A useful, social work specific text.

Mr Tim Mann
Social Work , Chester University
July 4, 2011

This is a really good basic text for final level students and newly qualified practitioners. I have no hesitation in recommending it to all third year students on research methods module. The chapters give useful guidance to different research methods while keeping the values and principles of social work central to the discussion.

Mrs Angela Olsen
CHSSC, University of Salford
June 14, 2011

A useful & accessible introductory text. will be helfpul for a range of courses

Mr Ian Mathews
Fac of Health, Life and Social Science, Lincoln University
May 16, 2011

The book was easy to read and provided a good range of information around social work research. The text will provide useful guidence for social Workers on the Post Graduate Work based Project which forms part of our Adults Award.

Miss Carole Southall
Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University
May 12, 2011

very current , and practice centred -- usefully outlines WHY social work research matters rather than just focussing on HOW to do it

Ms Christine Player
health, social care, early education, City College Norwich
March 21, 2011

This is a valuable text and serves as an excellent source of information and guidance to students

Ms Tricia Ayre
Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Thames Valley University
March 14, 2011

A cliche I know, but true nonetheless; the book is 'accessible', and provides adequate coverage for those new to social work research. I recommend it to all of my Dissertation Tutees.

John Hoffman
Medical and Social Care Education, University of Leicester
March 8, 2011

This is a comprehensive overview which students will find very useful as they get to grips with understanding how to actually undertake research, and represents a good addition to the literature in this area.

Mr Mark Hardy
Dept of Social Policy and Social Work, York University
February 16, 2011

This is a useful book for Year 3/Level 6 students in the undergraduate programme who are doing a dissertation involving promary research. The usefulness of the book is that it targets social work research specifically. The chapter on ethics I have recommended as essential reading.

Mr Thomas Toscano
Social Work , Bucks New University
January 12, 2011

This is a really good introductory text. I would however prefer to see something a little less mainstream for social workers and more practical guidance for researching with with service users.

Dr Daz Greenop
Faculty of Health & Applied Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University
January 4, 2011

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