Understanding Social Work Research
- Hugh McLaughlin - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
Social Policy Research Methods | Social Research Methods | Social Work Research Methods
In the second edition of this highly regarded book, Hugh McLaughlin shows how a research-minded perspective and an appreciation of evidence-based practice can lead students to achieve the highest level of individual and collective social work practice.
Topics covered include:
- How to assess, appraise and apply research
- The philosophy of research
- Improving the use of research in practice
- Interdisciplinary contributions to social work and social work research
Providing reflexive questions, practice examples and suggested reading throughout, this book is essential reading for all undergraduate students of social work. It will also be valuable reading for postgraduates and qualified social workers wishing to consolidate their understanding of social work research.
This book is refreshingly easy to understand for a research book, introducing social work students to key issues in a non-threatening way. I will definitely recommend this book to students undertaking dissertations and research projects.
A useful introduction into social work research. I would use this as an introductory textbook at undergraduate and Masters level. The book focuses heavily on the ethical aspects of social work research and is aimed at making social work practitioners more research minded. I would like to have seen a greater focus on research methods alongside the focus on values. The book is clearly written throughout.
This book addresses the important topic of social workers using rather than doing research. The book includes debate on wide-ranging philosophical and ethical issues in relation to understanding research. It engages with key domains such as social work values and the voice of the service user. However the book is 'about' rather than 'how to'. It will appeal more to those wishing to address their own mental barriers and connect with a wider conceptual world than those looking for guidance on practicalities of bringing evidence into practice.
This is a helpful text for showing how to produce good quality research which is relevant to social work. It contains some useful chapters on the philosophy of research and ethical considerations. This text will be recommended on the MA social work degree programme at the University of Wolverhampton.
Excellent, especially for students who are new to research
Excellent resource and students will find the content very accessible whilst undertaking their research proposal assignment and dissertation, and will assist them to develop a research minded approach to their continuing studies and well into their qualified practice.
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 text provides social workers with specific, detailed help in choosing and undertaking research in their chosen specialism.
Hugh McLaughlin has managed to write a book that will appeal to the beginner as well as the experienced researcher...well done!
A key text to enable undergraduate social workers to develop a systematic approach to social work research