The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice

The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice

By: Martyn Hammersley (author)Hardback

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Martyn Hammersley's provocative new text interrogates the complex relationship between research, policymaking and practice, against the background of the evidence-based practice movement. Addressing a series of probing questions, this book reflects on the challenge posed by the idea that social research can directly serve policymaking and practice. Key questions explored include: - Is scientific research evidence-based? - What counts as evidence for evidence-based practice? - Is social measurement possible, and is it necessary? - What are the criteria by which qualitative research should be judged? The book also discusses the case for action research, the nature of systematic reviews, proposals for interpretive reviews, and the process of qualitative synthesis. Highly readable and undeniably relevant, this book is a valuable resource for both academics and professionals involved with research.

About Author

Martyn Hammersley is Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University, UK. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including (with Paul Atkinson) Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Third edition, Routledge 2007), The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (Routledge, 1989), The Politics of Social Research (SAGE, 1995), Reading Ethnographic Research (Second edition, Longman 1997), Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 2000), Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice, (London, Paul Chapman/SAGE, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (SAGE, 2008), Methodology Who Needs It? (SAGE, 2011), The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice (SAGE, 2013), and The Limits of Social Science (SAGE, 2014). Website: http://martynhammersley.wordpress.com/

Contents

Some Questions about Evidence-Based Practice The Myth of Research-Based Policy-Making and Practice Is Scientific Research Evidence-Based? What Counts as Evidence for Evidence-Based Practice? Is Social Measurement Possible, and Is It Necessary? The Question of Quality in Qualitative Research Action Research: A Contradiction in Terms? On 'Systematic' Reviews of Research Literatures Systematic or Unsystematic, Is That the Question? Some Reflections on the Science, Art and Politics of Reviewing The Interpretive Attack on the Traditional Review What Is Qualitative Synthesis and Why Do It?

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780857029652
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9780857029652
  • weight: 480
  • ISBN10: 0857029657

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