Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Social Work Research

Social work research
JoanOrme and SynnoveKarvinen-Niinikoski


This chapter provides an overview of the development of social work research globally. In doing so it identifies the different and shared issues when considering who undertakes social work research; what is researched and how research is undertaken. It considers debates about what international social work research involves and what needs to be done to facilitate it.

The significance of research for social work practice internationally is reflected in the Global Standards for the Education and Training of the Social Work Profession (IASSW, 2004a). The section on ‘Methods of social work practice’ states that all social work education should include knowledge of social work research and skills in the use of research methods, including ethical use of relevant research ...

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