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Research Skills for Social Work
     

Research Skills for Social Work

by Andrew Whittaker
 

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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

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857259271
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
08/22/2012
Series:
Transforming Social Work Practice Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
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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