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Social Work Research in Practice

Social Work Research in Practice
Ethical and Political Contexts

Second Edition

October 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This new edition of Social Work Research in Practice: Ethical and Political Contexts explores the intrinsic connection between knowledge, research and practice in social work. The authors argue that through a better appreciation of research, the highest standards of social work can be achieved.


The second edition investigates contemporary approaches which impact on the discourses of social work research, including:


- Evidence-based practice

- User-led research

- Anti-oppressive practice

- Practice-based research


Each chapter has been fully updated with a rich range of case examples and references. Further reading is also included, so that readers can expand their knowledge.

This book is a valuable resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as practitioners working in the field of social work.

Heather D'Cruz works as a Consultant: Research and Professional Education.

Martyn Jones is Associate Dean at RMIT University.


Research, Social Work and Professional Practice
The Research Question
Different Ways of Knowing and their Relevance for Research
Designing Research
Generating Data
Making Sense of Data: Analysis
Reporting and Disseminating Research

'This is a lucid and an insightful book that the novice and the more established student will find equally thought provoking and engaging. It prepares research-minded social work students and practitioners to stay true to their professional values by becoming critically reflective researchers, able to question and produce knowledge which can help empower the people they serve'

Surinder Guru,
Lecturer, University of Birmingham

I am in a 'funny' position to be a social psychologist teaching Bachelor & Master students in the Department of Social Work, Social Management and Social Policy. Therefore it is a very helpful literature for me and my students to look at research under the perspective of Social Work requirements.

Dr Barbara Johanna Lill-Rastern
Social Work, Management Center Innsbruck
April 20, 2020

This is a very fine book. One of the most valuable books on social work research methods to have appeared in recent memory. It is the most valuable addition to the burgeoning literature in the field of social work research. A fine book to read by any serious social work student and practitioner.

Dr Charles Batinda-Mugisha
Department of Social Work, Bucks New University
January 15, 2017

Clear and insightful with strong evidence base

Ms Jennifer McNally
Social Work Resarch & Development Unit, York University
March 15, 2016

This book has allowed me to explore some of the complexities of research in social work practice. It is clearly written and easy to read, even for an amateur researcher. The lay out is accessible but it takes you through complex notions whilst making them easy to understand.

Mr Sean Brockbank
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
October 22, 2014

Very accessible, covers all the key concepts in an easy to understand way, and does a great job discussing the politics of research.

Professor Kerry Dunn
School of Social Work, Univ Of New England-Portland
August 8, 2014

The text is essential for social workers engaging in research, especially for the first time. the case studies are appropriate for the readership, and online material supports the work.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
March 27, 2014

A well written book for anyone embarking on Social Work Research in Practice. A must read for Practitioners and students.

Dr Bridget Ng'andu
Social Work, Ruskin College Oxford
January 25, 2014

very useful

Dr Margarete Parrish
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
December 3, 2013

A valuable resource for social work students. It addresses key themes within the research and dissertation modules.

Combines research methodology with areas that impact on research such as Anti discriminatory practice and evidence-based practice.

Ms Lorraine Ellames
Academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
November 25, 2013

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