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.



Why this book?

We have been motivated to write this book for a number of reasons:

  • We have both been seeking a professionally relevant and accessible text that locates research clearly within the ethical and value base of social work
  • We wanted a text that bridged the gap between ‘students’ and ‘practitioners’: we do not see these as distinct groups, but rather the same group at different places on the professional journey
  • We wanted a text that acknowledged both the real world and individual experience.

The guiding framework for this book

This book is therefore shaped by a pragmatist approach. When we say this we do not mean we focus only on ‘how’ to do research and a simplified account of ‘what works’. Rather, we are of the view that ...

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