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.

Research in the Professional Practice Context

Research in the Professional Practice Context

In this chapter you will learn about

  • Defining research
  • Evidence based practice
  • Your role as a researcher – perhaps student or practitioner – and the impact of the research context on your role and activities
  • Insider and outsider research
  • The importance of self-reflection and self-awareness, as well as some tools to assist you to develop these skills.


This chapter begins by introducing you to the idea of research, particularly within a climate of evidence based practice (EBP). What follows is a definition of research, specifically related to research in the social work and social care fields. Given that researchers in these fields are often concerned that their research will ‘make a difference’ and generate useable knowledge in practice, we ...

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