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Understanding Social Work Research

Understanding Social Work Research

Second Edition

December 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Social work students need to understand the relationship between research, knowledge and practice to be effective practitioners.

In the second edition of this highly regarded book, Hugh McLaughlin shows how a research-minded perspective and an appreciation of evidence-based practice can lead students to achieve the highest level of individual and collective social work practice.

Topics covered include:

- How to assess, appraise and apply research

- The philosophy of research

- Improving the use of research in practice

- Interdisciplinary contributions to social work and social work research

Providing reflexive questions, practice examples and suggested reading throughout, this book is essential reading for all undergraduate students of social work. It will also be valuable reading for postgraduates and qualified social workers wishing to consolidate their understanding of social work research.

Why Research for Social Work?
The Research Business
The Philosophy of Social Research
Ethical Issues in Social Work Research
Research and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Evidence-Based Practice
Getting Research into Practice
Service Users and Research
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Social Work and Social Work Research
Whither Social Work Research

A key text to enable undergraduate social workers to develop a systematic approach to social work research

Dr Erica Joslyn-Beales
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March 11, 2013

I am looking for a book to closely shadow a module on research for social workers in training so this book may offer more than is required for that purpose. I plan to recommend sections of the book to this group of students. I would like to recommend this book to social work students planning doctoral level research.

Dr Niamh Flanagan
Social Science , University College Dublin
March 7, 2013

very good overview and key concepts well explained

Mr Bob Cecil
Social Work, Community and Mental Health, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 18, 2012

A really useful book for undergraduates. It is clear in its presentation and written in a style easily understandable.

Mrs Jane Maffey
Department of Social Work, New College Durham
December 14, 2012

Excellent text for final year social work students and postgraduate practitioners. The use of reflexive questions throughout the book assists the student to frame questions from the chapter concerned. Practice examples are also given which make the research pragmatic.

Mr Robert Banks
Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University
December 14, 2012

This book will provide much food for thought for students embarking upon their own research, as well for those casting a critical and reflective eye on existant research. Whilst primarily aimed at social work students it will also be helpful for a wider audience of students studying within the field of social studies.

Ms Sue Mills
The Lifelong Learning Institute, Leeds University
November 29, 2012

This text book is very useful for Masters in Social Work students as part of their studies.
It will also be useful reading for Social Work Practice Educators, to support them in engaging with evidence-based practice as part of their role supervising students. It will help to facilitate discussions on making use of social work research when supervising social work students on placement.

Ms Hilary Pengelly
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September 26, 2012

This text helps MA Social Work Dissertation students gain an excellent understanding of the breath of social work research and critical issues in doing and utilising research in social work.

Dr Harriet Churchill
Social Work, Sheffield University
September 14, 2012

Useful text that provides the necessary background issues and debates.

Dr Lynne Rutter
Department of Social Care (Landsdowne), Bournemouth University
August 15, 2012

It is a very good book and should help the students to understand about research methods and why research is carried out.

Miss Fatima Khan
Social Work , Hammersmith & West London College
June 15, 2012

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