A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care

A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care

By: Carol Munn-Giddings (author), Richard Winter (author)Paperback

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Action research is a form of research closely linked to practice which can readily be undertaken by practitioners and service users. This handbook offers a comprehensive guide to action research as a strategy for inquiry and development in health and social care. It can be used by individuals or groups working independently on their own projects or as a basis for a tutor-led course. It features * an introduction to the theories behind action research and other forms of research related to it *lively case studies from social work, nursing, mental health care and community work * a step-by-step study guide. The theoretical section of the book provides a general definition of action research, compares action research with other forms of social research, outlines the nature of a 'culture of inquiry' in the workplace, and describes the links between action research and service-user research, management,community development, evaluation, reflective practice, feminist research and anti-racist research. This practical study guide covers issues such as preparing a proposal, ethics and principles of procedure, gathering and analysing data, writing a report, the links between action research and critical reflection. It will be particularly useful for groups wishing to undertake action research on an independent basis

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Preface. Part One. 1. Introduction 2. Action Research as an Approach to Inquiry and Development 3. Action Research - Contexts and Dimensions Part Two. Examples: The Variety of Action Research. Introduction: Some Themes and Contrasts Part Three. Undertaking an Action Research Project - A Practical Guide Part Four. Action Research as a Form of Social Inquiry - A 'Theoretical' Justification

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  • publication date: 08/03/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780415224840
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780415224840
  • weight: 521
  • ISBN10: 0415224845

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