Social work students need to understand the relationship between research, knowledge and practice to be effective practitioners.
In the second edition of this highly regarded book, Hugh McLaughlin shows how a research-minded perspective and an appreciation of evidence-based practice can lead students to achieve the highest level of individual and collective social work practice.
Topics covered include:
- How to assess, appraise and apply research
- The philosophy of research
- Improving the use of research in practice
- Interdisciplinary contributions to social work and social work research
Providing reflexive questions, practice examples and suggested reading throughout, this book is essential reading for all undergraduate students of social work. It will also be valuable reading for postgraduates and qualified social workers wishing to consolidate their understanding of social work research.
My research interests cover participatory research, especially the involvement of service users in research, professional practice and the development of child care. My interests in professional practice include both the preparation of students for practice and how best to support social workers once in practice and to contribute to evidence informed practice particularly in the area of child care.
Introduction Why Research for Social Work? The Research Business The Philosophy of Social Research Ethical Issues in Social Work Research Research and Anti-Oppressive Practice Evidence-Based Practice Getting Research into Practice Service Users and Research Interdisciplinary Contributions to Social Work and Social Work Research Whither Social Work Research