This handy book is a one-stop introduction to research and evaluation for social workers. Including unique project examples, exercises, discussion points and extensive signposting to further reading, and drawing on the author's many years of teaching experience, it is essential reading for students who may be unfamiliar with research methods.
Linda Bell is Associate Professor in the School of Health & Education at Middlesex University, UK. She has extensive experience of teaching research methods to professional students, particularly social workers. She has also successfully supervised many doctoral and master's dissertations. Linda is an anthropologist who has researched and published on various aspects of health, social care, gender issues and parenting. She has specific expertise in feminist research, and in research ethics.
Chapter One From social work skills to research skills: what is 'being research minded'?.- Chapter Two Understanding published research and research design: scoping and summarizing.- Chapter Three Dealing with ethics and maintaining professional values during research.- Chapter Four Talking and listening: using qualitative methods to develop relationship based approaches to research.- Chapter Five Working with documentary sources and qualitative data analysis in social work research.- Chapter Six It's all about attitude: ways of capturing and understanding measurable data.- Chapter Seven Mixing it up: how to combine research approaches without getting into a muddle.- Chapter Eight Can you innovate? Developing arts based and visual methods for social work research.- Chapter Nine What's out there? Using the internet and social media for research.- Chapter Ten Becoming a social work researcher: building confidence as well as skills.- Glossary of key terms.