This book is a practical beginner's guide to both conducting and using research within the context of social work practice. A clear and accessible introduction to applied research methods for social work students and practitioners, this text covers the key themes, debates and approaches, including:

  • The ethics of social work research
  • Conducting interviews and questionnaires
  • Focus groups
  • Observation and narrative
  • The involvement of service users
  • Analyzing data

With practical exercises and reflective questions, this is an essential text for undergraduate and graduate qualifying social work students.

Observation, Narrative and other Approaches

Observation, narrative and other approaches


As with many of the chapters in this book we shall begin with an understanding that research skills around the use of observation and narrative accounts are at the heart of the social worker's professional skill base. It is part of what they do in their everyday working life and, as such, perhaps social workers should appreciate that not only do they possess such skills through this experience but also that those skills are of a high order. This chapter will look at each of these two elements in turn to draw out in what ways it might be useful to consider these methods of research either on their own or as part of a multi-method ...

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