Doing Practitioner Research

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Doing Practitioner Research is an ideal text for the growing number of practitioners working in health, education and social care who are undertaking research themselves. Fox, Martin and Green provide the perfect introduction to why practitioners are in the unique position to conduct research that actually improves professional practice. Doing Practitioner Research focuses on helping practitioners conduct research in their own organisations, with attention given to the best methods and techniques for doing this ...
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Overview

Doing Practitioner Research is an ideal text for the growing number of practitioners working in health, education and social care who are undertaking research themselves. Fox, Martin and Green provide the perfect introduction to why practitioners are in the unique position to conduct research that actually improves professional practice. Doing Practitioner Research focuses on helping practitioners conduct research in their own organisations, with attention given to the best methods and techniques for doing this effectively and sensitively. This book is the ideal introduction to the many ethical, theoretical, political and organisational issues which practitioner researchers encounter when doing research. This book will be essential reading for those professionals/practitioners engaged in research in their own organisation or undertaking a post-graduate qualification in Health, Social Care or Education.

About the Author:
Mark Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Essex

About the Author:
Peter Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Essex

About the Author:
Gill Green is a Professor in Medical Sociology at the University of Essex

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412912334
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/8/2007
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

After his own initial training at the University of Exeter (some time in the 1980’s), Mark took up a post as an Educational Psychologist in the West Midlands. He moved to work as an EP in Bromley and then to the Essex E.P.S and also began working as an academic tutor on the Educational Psychology training programme at the University of East London. He has since been Head of National Advisory and Assessment Services at SCOPE, where he developed integrated models of assessment, and services for people with complex disabilities. More recently he held the post of EP trainer at the Tavistock Clinic and University of Essex and in October 2009 he was appointed the Programme Director for Educational Psychology at UEL.

Clinical Interests

Dr Martin qualified as a mental health nurse in 1983, his on-going clinical career spans 30 years within and with the UK National Health Service.

Dr Martin's work within the clinical arena encompasses direct therapeutic intervention with service users, management of service provision within the NHS and educational interventions within a clinical and academic setting.

More recently Dr Martin's clinical practice has focused on working with service users who have on-going and complex mental health needs.

I am a Medical Sociologist and have been researching social aspects of long-term illness since the early 1990s conducting research with people living with a range of long term conditions. My most recent book 'The End of Stigma? Changes in the Social Experience of Long-Term Illness' was published by Routledge in 2009.

I am Director of the National Institute of Health Research Research Design Service for the East of England.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     1
Framing Research     7
Identifying Areas to Research     7
Research Worlds     9
Different Research Paradigms     11
The Quality of Research     17
Hierarchy of Research Evidence     19
Mixed Methods for the Practitioner Researcher     21
Summary     24
Further Reading     24
Thinking Critically About Theory And Practice     25
Professional Knowledge     25
Prepositional Knowledge     29
Process Knowledge     32
Personal Knowledge     33
Value-based Knowledge     35
Practice Culture     37
Summary     40
Further Reading     40
Using Research as a Process for Development     42
Development in Organisations     42
Research Designs that Promote Initiation of Change     45
Action Research Designs to Produce Implementation and Continuation     47
Action Research as Social Management     49
Participatory Action Research (PAR)     52
Emancipatory Research     55
Summary     57
Further Reading     58
Evaluating Your Own Organisation     59
The Shadow Side of Organisations     59
Working with the Shadow Side of Organisations     62
Evaluation     66
Realist Evaluation     69
Undertaking Realist Evaluation     71
The Shadow Side of Evaluation     73
Summary     74
Further Reading     75
Researching Your Own Practice     76
The Practitioner Researcher's Intent     76
Practitioner Research     79
Power in Practitioner Research     88
Summary     93
Further Reading     94
Undertaking Ethical Research     95
The Organisational structures     95
Professional Guidelines and Regulations     100
Doing Ethical Research     104
Obtaining Ethical Approval     106
Striking a Balance Between Bureaucracy and Ethical Research     108
Summary     111
Further Reading     111
Undertaking Research     112
Research Design     112
Developing a Research Proposal-An Example     118
Fixed Protocols and Flexible Research     121
Time Management and Gantt Charts      125
Summary     128
Further Reading     129
Service User Involvement     130
The Role of the Service User in Research     131
Styles of Involvement     133
Case Studies     136
Establishing Effective Engagement     141
Ownership of Research Conducted in Collaboration with Service Users     144
Summary     146
Further Reading     146
Writing the Research Report     147
Writing as Part of the Research Process     147
Writing Up the Research Report     148
Establishing Integrity and Balance     153
Dissemination     160
Summary     162
Further Reading     163
Research Utilisation: Maximising the Impact of Research on Practice     164
The Context of Research utilisation     165
Working Collaboratively     166
Marketing Research     170
Motivation for Change     172
Change and Learning Organisations     176
Summary     177
Further Reading     178
Developing the Practitioner Researcher     179
How Practitioners Develop     179
Kolb's Learning Cycle     181
Reflection     184
Reflexivity     186
Techniques for Developing Reflective Skills     189
Supervision     191
Summary     195
Further Reading     195
Conclusions     196
References     202
Index     207
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