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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Research Methods for Social Workers

ISBN 9781137442826
Publication Date January 2017
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

This handy book is a one-stop introduction to research and evaluation for social workers. Including unique project examples, exercises, discussion points and extensive signposting to further reading, and drawing on the author's many years of teaching experience, it is essential reading for students who may be unfamiliar with research methods.

Linda Bell is Associate Professor in the School of Health & Education at Middlesex University, UK. She has extensive experience of teaching research methods to professional students, particularly social workers. She has also successfully supervised many doctoral and master's dissertations. Linda is an anthropologist who has researched and published on various aspects of health, social care, gender issues and parenting. She has specific expertise in feminist research, and in research ethics.

Chapter One From social work skills to research skills: what is 'being research minded'?
Chapter Two Understanding published research and research design: scoping and summarizing
Chapter Three Dealing with ethics and maintaining professional values during research
Chapter Four Talking and listening: using qualitative methods to develop relationship based approaches to research
Chapter Five Working with documentary sources and qualitative data analysis in social work research
Chapter Six It's all about attitude: ways of capturing and understanding measurable data
Chapter Seven Mixing it up: how to combine research approaches without getting into a muddle
Chapter Eight Can you innovate? Developing arts based and visual methods for social work research
Chapter Nine What's out there? Using the internet and social media for research
Chapter Ten Becoming a social work researcher: building confidence as well as skills
Glossary of key terms.


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