You are here

Social Work Research

Social Work Research
Ethical and Political Contexts

First Edition

208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The role of research in social work has become increasingly critical and relevant to training and practice. Social Work Research has been designed to address this and to demonstrate the importance of research for improving social work practice.

Written in an engaging and accessible style, this book bridges the gap between theory and reality by discussing a range of research paradigms and placing them in the context of professional social work. It also discusses the political and ethical contexts that are intrinsic to social work practice.

Key Features:

· Fulfills QAA benchmarks in social work training - social work research is a required topic on undergraduate degrees.

· Addresses topical issues such as the need for evidence-based practice and an awareness of ethics.

· International in scope - draws upon international literature

· Grounded in 'real-life' research through case studies

· User-friendly and student-focused, it includes student exercises and further reading sections.

Social Work Research will prove an invaluable resource for students, researchers and trainees undertaking research in social work.

Research, Social Work and Professional Practice
The Research Question
Different Ways of Knowing and Their Relevance for Research
Designing Research
Generating Data
Making Sense of Data

Reporting and Disseminating Research

This has been a helpful source for students undertaking their dissertation, as it provides an insight into the wider contexts of research.

Miss Abigail Ingram
School of Social Work, Birmingham City University
September 3, 2012

Good comprehensive coverage of ethics in social work research.

Dr Surinder Guru
Institute of Applied Social Studies, Birmingham University
May 11, 2012

A helpful text for students.

Mr Tim Mann
Social Work , Chester University
July 4, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

PDF file of Chapter 1

Heather D'Cruz

Martyn Jones

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.