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.

Researching Ethically : ‘What You Do Is Important But How You Do It Is More Important’1

Researching Ethically: ‘What You Do Is Important But How You Do It Is More Important’1

In this chapter you will learn

  • Why we need to think and act ethically when we do research
  • About the underpinning ethical principles which guide our practice
  • How to conduct ethical research in a social work and social care context.


Research in social work and social care is about improving the human condition: understanding problems better, evaluating what we do. Our research is focused on improving outcomes for people who may be marginalised or deemed vulnerable. This means that in the social work and social care field we have to pay particular attention to ethical practice, including research ...

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