Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work: Themes, Methods and Approaches

Understanding Research for Social Policy and Social Work: Themes, Methods and Approaches

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Edited by Saul Becker, Edited by Alan Bryman

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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 240mm x 24mm | 762g
  • Publication date: 14 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1847428150
  • ISBN 13: 9781847428158
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 502,594

Product description

It is vital for students, policy makers and practitioners engaged in social policy, social work and other related academic disciplines and fields of practice to understand the importance of research and how to interpret research evidence and findings. They also need to know how to effectively carry out and report good quality research of their own. This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of the acclaimed international best-seller will enable readers to meet all these challenges. Comprehensive in scope, and written expertly by 80 leading contributors in an accessible and engaging style, this landmark book, from The Policy Press' Understanding Welfare series ,includes dozens of new sections which highlight developments since the first edition. It also combines theoretical and applied discussions and case examples to provide the essential one-stop guide to research methods, approaches and debates. The book is essential reading for students and teachers of social policy, social work, public policy, , criminology, nursing and health sciences, education and other applied social sciences;; policy makers and practitioners who would like to improve their use of research evidence; and those who want to conduct high quality research of their own.

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Author information

Saul Becker is Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy and Professor of Social Policy and Social Care at The University of Nottingham, UK. Alan Bryman is Professor of Organisational and Social Research, School of Management, University of Leicester, UK and the leading expert on social research methods. Harry Ferguson is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work, School of Sociology and Social Policy, The University of Nottingham, UK and a leading social work academic.

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`Becker and Bryman did a masterful job...North American public policy students could learn a lot from this book and methodology instructors could have their load considerably eased if URfSPP was more widely read`. Kennedy Stewart, Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University School of Public Policy and Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas `Takes you on a fascinating journey through the world of social research and is so well written it is a joy to read...a superb text - an outstanding organizational and intellectual achievement.` International Journal of Social Research Methodology

Table of contents

Introduction; Research for social policy and social work; Ethical conduct and research practice; Formulating research ideas and questions; Methodological issues and approaches; Quantitative research; Qualitative research; Dissemination, knowledge transfer and making an impact; Glossary