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Understanding Social Work Research

Understanding Social Work Research

Second Edition

December 2011 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this thoroughly revised and updated version, Hugh McLaughlin offers an accessible and authoritative guide to the nature of social work research. With a new introduction and the inclusion of up to date case studies, the book clearly demonstrates how research-mindedness is key to improving social work practice.

Containing case examples, reflective questions and chapter summaries the book takes a student-friendly approach throughout. National and international contexts are reviewed to demonstrate best practice in social work decision making.

The Second Edition considers research in relation to a number of important social work themes, including ethics, anti-oppressive practice, service user research, evidence-based practice and interprofessional work. The book will help readers: critically reflect on their own social work practice; assess, appraise and apply research; effectively advocate on behalf of service-users; confidently engage in debates about the profession;  and reflect on legislative and policy developments.

Understanding Social Work Research is a clear and accessible guide to the subject. The book will provide invaluable support to undergraduates, graduates and practitioners working in the field of social work.

Why Research for Social Work?
The Research Business
The Philosophy of Social Research
Ethical Issues in Social Work Research
Research and Anti-Oppressive Practice
Evidence-Based Practice
Getting Research into Practice
Service Users and Research
Interdisciplinary Contributions to Social Work and Social Work Research
Whither Social Work Research

Essential reading for both students and practitioners of social work. The previous edition of this book was highly successful, and in this edition McLaughlin builds on that success to make the book a must have buy.-Professor Richard Barker, Northumbria University

This book is refreshingly easy to understand for a research book, introducing social work students to key issues in a non-threatening way. I will definitely recommend this book to students undertaking dissertations and research projects.

Mrs Emma Reith-Hall
Social Work and Social Sciences, Nottingham Trent University
November 7, 2015

A useful introduction into social work research. I would use this as an introductory textbook at undergraduate and Masters level. The book focuses heavily on the ethical aspects of social work research and is aimed at making social work practitioners more research minded. I would like to have seen a greater focus on research methods alongside the focus on values. The book is clearly written throughout.

Mr Jeremy Dixon
Dept of Social and Policy Sciences, Bath University
November 3, 2015

This book addresses the important topic of social workers using rather than doing research. The book includes debate on wide-ranging philosophical and ethical issues in relation to understanding research. It engages with key domains such as social work values and the voice of the service user. However the book is 'about' rather than 'how to'. It will appeal more to those wishing to address their own mental barriers and connect with a wider conceptual world than those looking for guidance on practicalities of bringing evidence into practice.

Professor Brian Taylor
Social Work , University of Ulster
March 9, 2015

This is a helpful text for showing how to produce good quality research which is relevant to social work. It contains some useful chapters on the philosophy of research and ethical considerations. This text will be recommended on the MA social work degree programme at the University of Wolverhampton.

Miss Fiona Morgan
School of health and wellbeing, Wolverhampton University
February 11, 2014

Excellent, especially for students who are new to research

Dr Margarete Parrish
School of Health and Social Care, Bournemouth University
December 3, 2013

Excellent resource and students will find the content very accessible whilst undertaking their research proposal assignment and dissertation, and will assist them to develop a research minded approach to their continuing studies and well into their qualified practice.

Miss Julie Bywater
Social Work , Chester University
November 27, 2013

A really useful book for both undergraduates and postqualifying student.

Clear style that is easily understood and a very good addition to my reading list.

Ms Ikedola Animashaun
Social Work, Brunel University
November 25, 2013

This text provides social workers with specific, detailed help in choosing and undertaking research in their chosen specialism.

Mr Dave Mason
Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University
November 14, 2013

Hugh McLaughlin has managed to write a book that will appeal to the beginner as well as the experienced researcher...well done!

Mr Samuel Baeza
Social Work, Chichester University
October 8, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Hugh McLaughlin

My research interests cover participatory research, especially the involvement of service users in research, professional practice and the development of child care. My interests in professional practice include both the preparation of students for practice and how best to support social workers once in practice and to contribute to evidence informed practice particularly in the area of child care. More About Author

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