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.

Frameworks Underpinning Research

Frameworks Underpinning Research

In this chapter you will learn

  • The difference between ontology, epistemology and theory in research and the influence these have on how we understand the world and build knowledge
  • About pragmatism as a centralising concept in research in social work and social care
  • About basic ethical requirements for research (before covering this in detail in the next chapter)
  • To reflect on your own ‘position’; as a researcher and how this also has an impact on how you construct your research.


So far in our research journey (Chapter 1) we have emphasised the importance of understanding the context where research takes place. You may be working as students, practitioners or colleagues, and this places you in different roles, for example, insiders or outsiders, each position ...

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