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Doing Practitioner Research

Doing Practitioner Research

February 2007 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is an ideal text for the growing number of practitioners working in health, education, and social care who are undertaking research. Authors Mark Fox, Gillian Green, and Peter Martin provide the perfect introduction to why practitioners are in the unique position to conduct research that actually improves professional practice. The authors cover in detail the range of skills and techniques necessary to make a successful start to the process of becoming an effective practitioner researcher.

Doing Practitioner Research focuses on helping practitioners conduct research in their own organizations, and attention is given to the best methods for doing this effectively and sensitively. The authors also attend to the theoretical, political, and organizational context of doing research, as well as addressing the ethical and practical issues of undertaking research.

This book will be essential reading for those professionals/practitioners engaged in research in their own organization or undertaking a post–graduate qualification in Health, Social Care, or Education.
Framing Research
Thinking Critically about Theory and Practice
Using Research as a Process for Development
Evaluating Your Own Organization
Researching Your Own Practice
Undertaking Ethical Research
Undertaking Research
Service User Involvement
Writing the Research Report
Research Utilization
Maximizing the Impact of Research on Practice

Developing the Practitioner Researcher

It was easy to read and well organised. I felt this would help Year 3 undergraduates with their dissertation.

Mrs Louise Connolly
School of Teacher Development, Bishop Grosseteste University
October 1, 2023

easy to read and excellent for all grades of students

Ms Sheila Stott
School of Education, Northumbria University
December 10, 2014

Practical elements of research explained well. Good use of scenarios to aid development.

Mrs Tracy Kilbourn
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
February 6, 2014

Very relevant, raised some contentious and critical issues on practitioner research.

Mrs Christine Daley- Fennell
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
February 18, 2013

The book provides a clear and easy-to-read account of practitioner research.

Dr Terry Leung
Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
January 18, 2012

A very useful introduction to research for my pre registration MSc nursing students in their research module. Excellent practical examples which explore issues in practitioner research. Helps students relate theory to practice areas.

Mrs Cathy Constable
School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex
November 17, 2011

Timely work for practitioners in education, health and social care. Lots of key features pertinent to students who are having to research their own practice using academic conventions. Shows how university level research skills can be applied within a work-based context.

Mrs Mary Karpel
School of Education, University of East London
November 15, 2011

This book provides a valuable overview for practitioners who may work in a research environment but are novice researchers. The layout of the book is clear and provides some really helpful signposts and activities to guide the students' learning.

Mrs Sally Boyle
Nursing , Hertfordshire University
March 24, 2011

This is one of the texts that I deem to be 'essential' for any module - in this case for 'Practitioner Research', a level III module which is offered across two semesters. Undergraduate students need no other source / publication to learn the basic foundations of Practitioner Research.

Dr John Stitt
School of Applied Social Science, University of Cumbria
July 23, 2010

Good introductory text, which examines the main issues surrounding practitioner research. Would be of particular value to the health care professions as well as educational researchers.

Ms Lesley Andrews
Health , Universit of Stiling
November 13, 2009

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PDF of Chapter One

Mark Fox

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... More About Author

Peter Martin

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. More About Author

Gill Green

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. More About Author

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