Understanding and Using Research in Social Work

Understanding and Using Research in Social Work

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How do social work students learn to use research to underpin their practice decisions? How do they learn that research is not an activity unconnected to their professional role and responsibilities, but rather acts as a foundation for their knowledge?

By using the examples drawn from evidence-based practice (e.g. what is known to work and what we know about social work processes), the authors deliver a text that will help support students to appraise and then integrate research into both their daily practice decisions and their assignments and assessments. It will do this by defining key concepts like 'knowledge' and 'evidence' and then look at how these concepts include component parts - from law and legislation to practice knowledge and reflective and critical practice. Case examples are used to illustrate how a clear understanding of these component parts can build to a substantial evidence base from which to draw upon. Identifying relevant research and appraising its quality are core aspects of the book. Later chapters show students how robust knowledge of evidence-based practice can develop into a clear and confident approach to their workloads and their daily practice dilemmas.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 171 x 246 x 10.41mm | 340g
  • Learning Matters Ltd
  • Exeter, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1473908140
  • 9781473908147
  • 1,016,680

Table of contents

What is Knowledge and How Does it Inform Practice?
Practice Questions and Research Types
Identifying Relevant Research
Appraising Surveys
Appraising Qualitative Studies
Appraising Studies of Effectiveness
Synthesising Research
Getting Research Knowledge into Practice within Organisations
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About Brian J. Taylor

Professor Brian Taylor is course director for the MSc in Professional Development in Social Work at the University of Ulster.. Brian had a lead role in contributing to the development of a new post qualifying education and training framework for social work in Northern Ireland (2005-07) and the development of new programmes in partnership with all major employers of social workers. His major area of research is decision-making in social work as well as evidence based practice. He is editor of Working with Agression and Resistance in Social Work.

Campbell Killick is Research Officer (Social Work), South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland. Anne McGlade has been Social Care Research Lead for the Social Care and Children's Directorate, Health and Social Care Board since October 2013. She is the lead on the development of the Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) In Pursuit of Excellence in Evidence Informed Social Work Services in Northern Ireland. She has a long-standing career working in research and evaluation research in health and social care and other settings in England and Northern Ireland. She has a keen interest in the needs of older people, people with disabilities and people from black and minority ethnic groups. She has undertaken and published a range of research studies in these areas. Her interest in equality and human rights led to a career spanning a number of years as an adviser to a range of health and social care organisations. She is also a visiting lecturer and co-tutor on two post-qualifying programmes for social workers at Ulster University: the Application of Research Methods in Social Work and the Evidence Informed Professional and Organisation.
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