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Research and the Social Work Picture$
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Ian Shaw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447338895

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447338895.001.0001

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Research and the Social Work Picture

Ian Shaw

Policy Press

This introductory chapter offers social work students at different levels and in different countries with a detailed sketch of how research finds a place in the wider social work picture. While scholars often claim a distinctiveness for their writing, the chapter aims to deal with questions that in their detail and also their relation to one another are rarely covered in the social work literature. Social work students are thus engaged in questions and issues in a form that will make for a professional community that is thoughtful, critical, and committed, yet also modest. The chapter shows how the book is not a research methods book at any level, nor is it solely about research, but rather about research as part of a larger picture.

Keywords:   social work literature, social work students, professional community, research methods

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