Research Skills for Social Work

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Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for student social workers. Now the books have been updated to include the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, making them more relevant to students and more integrated into social work practice. These books have a greater emphasis on-current thinking and policy, and include more opportunities for students to reflect on their own practice and study.

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Overview

Since launching in 2003, Transforming Social Work Practice has become the market-leading series for student social workers. Now the books have been updated to include the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work, making them more relevant to students and more integrated into social work practice. These books have a greater emphasis on-current thinking and policy, and include more opportunities for students to reflect on their own practice and study.

Social Work research is often seen by students as a complicated and daunting aspect of their degree course. Concepts and theories can be complex, while the ethical dimension that underpins good research is sometimes difficult to quantify and put into writing.

This best-selling guide to doing social work research presents these key concepts in an accessible and user-friendly way, enabling students to work through the initial planning stages towards successful completion of a research project. There are chapters on planning and initiating a research project, undertaking a literature review and understanding documentary analysis. Key skills such as writing up findings and running successful focus groups and interviews are also explored at length.

Fully revised to include more material on ethnography, Research Skills for Social Work is an essential textbook for student social workers who want to make their research projects count.

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"This is a lovely little book that explains research concepts in clear language using relevant examples." (Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857259271
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Series: Transforming Social Work Practice Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Whittaker is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University. He has taught nursing students since the early-nineties and teaches research skills to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He has worked in adult and child mental health and was the director of a mental health voluntary organization.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Planning your research 1

Key terms in research

Planning your research

The six stages of research

Choosing your research topic and formulating your research design

Why formulate an overall research question?

Choosing your research approach and design - quantitative and qualitative research

Quantitative research

Some examples of student projects using a quantitative approach

Qualitative research

Some examples of student projects using a qualitative approach

Do I really have to discuss epistemology?

Research designs from particular traditions

Clinical data mining (CDM)

Ethnography

Practice-near research

Addressing ethical issues and research governance

A research attitude

Chapter 2 Undertaking a literature review 23

What is a literature review?

Moving from a research topic to a specific research question

Conducting your literature search

How do I start my literature search?

Effective reading and note taking

What if I find too much or too little material?

Critically analysing the literature

Writing up your literature review

Some common challenges when writing a literature review

Chapter 3 Interviews 36

When should interviews be used?

Types of interview

Recruiting and selecting participants

Ensuring that your data can be analysed

Developing an interview schedule

Types of interview question

Using vignette questions

What questions should I avoid?

Advantages and disadvantages of interviews

Conducting the interview

Recording the interview

Transcribing audio recording of interviews

Ethical data management

Chapter 4 Focus groups 50

Defining focus groups

Combining focus groups with other research methods

Advantages of focus groups

Disadvantages of focus groups

When not to use focus groups

Selecting and recruiting participants

'Naturally occurring' and 'stranger' groups

Recruiting and selecting participants

Homogeneous or heterogeneous group?

Planning your focus group

Developing a discussion guide

Role of the group moderator

Managing the group

Recording and transcribing

Data analysis issues

Chapter 5 Questionnaires 65

When is it appropriate to use questionnaires?

The five stages of completing a questionnaire study

Stage 1 Deciding your research question and design

Stage 2 Developing your questionnaire

Stage 3 Sampling

Stage 4 Data collection

Stage 5 Analysing your data and presenting your findings

Strengths and limitations of questionnaires

Chapter 6 Documentary analysis 79

Common pitfalls

Stage 1 Deciding your research question and designing your research

Stage 2 Deciding which documents to analyse and what to include in your sample

Stage 3 Collecting and analysing your data

Chapter 7 Analysing your data 92

Analysing qualitative data

Analysing quantitative data

Avoiding common mistakes in data analysis

Chapter 8 Writing up your dissertation 109

The process of writing

Structuring your dissertation

Writing your abstract

Writing your introduction

Writing your literature review

Writing your methodology section

Presenting and discussing your qualitative data

Presenting and discussing your quantitative data

Writing your conclusion

Some general points

Referencing and proofreading your work

Disseminating and publishing your work

Conclusion 122

Appendix 1 Professional Capabilities Framework 124

Appendix 2 Subject Benchmark for Social Work 125

Glossary 128

References 132

Index 139

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