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Doing Work Based Research

Doing Work Based Research
Approaches to Enquiry for Insider-Researchers

March 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
With the growth of work based learning and practitioner research this book leads the way by addressing key issues faced by 'insider-researchers' - learners, practitioners and managers doing research projects in the organizations and communities in which they themselves work, or where they are already familiar with the setting.

The authors explore the implications of these research contexts, and discuss approaches and methodologies that work based researchers might adopt, with a particular focus on ethics - one of the key concerns for those undertaking a research project of this type.

This book is an authoritative and readable guide to the theory and practice of work based research. It is for anyone undertaking a research project based on work practice, including learners on postgraduate, undergraduate and doctoral programmes. Practitioners, managers and participants in work based courses or modules in education, healthcare and business management, will find it particularly useful.


Key Concepts for the Insider-Researcher
Search and Review of Relevant Knowledge and Information
Research Ethics and Insider-Researchers
Privilege, Power and Politics in Work-Based Research
Gaining Access for the Insider-Researcher: Issues, Practices, Audiences, Ethics and Gratitude
Learning Contracts/Agreements and Intellectual Capital
Developing a Methodology
Collaborative Research
A Reflection on Professional Practice
Work-Based Research in Action
The Development of a Research Proposal
Preparing and Evaluating Project Outcomes and Then Assessing the Learning Achieved
Recommendations and Presentations Arising from the Research

This is a really useful text for students navigating the complexities of being an insider researcher, including the challenges of working ethically, negotiating power relationships, and seeking to build collaborative practices. Highly recommended.

Mrs Sally Tazewell
Dept of Care and Early Years, auckland university of technology
June 13, 2022

The textbooks provide a really interesting perspective on work-based research.
We are adopting it for our new Final Project module

Mr Saikou Sanyang
Tower Hamlets Campus, Arden University
December 3, 2022

Good clear information relating to carrying out a research project including action research and how it is to be conducted.

Miss Lisa Holland
teacher education, Tameside College
December 17, 2020

Although not suitable for the module, it is a good guide for my teaching staff who are encouraged to conduct Action Research within their everyday practice

Mrs Michelle Gibbons
International Studies, Essex University
September 10, 2019

As previously expressed this publication clearly explains the process for research in a working environment to enable students to explore their chosen topics for dissertations (BA) and action research (Fd) on relevant programmes.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2017

This publication enables students to clearly relate their research to practical situations in the workplace. Clear questions are highlighted to support students projects in their work environment.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
July 30, 2016

This is a great accessible read with good examples.

Mrs Jo Kennedy
Education and Training, Cornwall Neighbourhood's 4 Change
September 23, 2015

Very clear guide to carring out research in the workplace. Ideal introduction for those in education

Ms Mary Cryan
Supporting Teaching and Learning, Adult Education Centre
February 24, 2015

A really accessible book with thoughtful reflective questions to support work based students.

Mrs Denise Salter
Faculty of Health Studies, Bucks New University
October 29, 2014

A really clear and concise text that highlight the key issues to consider for an insider researcher

Ms Joanna Booth
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby Univ.
July 6, 2014

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