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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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Doing research application

Doing research application

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Research and the Social Work Picture

Ian Shaw

Policy Press

This chapter looks at several ways in which social work can be understood as being concerned with applying what people know — the application of methods and information for the solving of problems in the lives of those with whom social work practitioners work from day to day. It aims to show that the question of ‘application’ is more difficult than scholars often realise. The chapter delves into recent discussions of the meaning and importance of the ‘impact’ of research, taking as a social work example the question of doing ‘practitioner research’. The emphasis of the discussion is about what scholars know about the experience of doing practitioner research.

Keywords:   social work, social work practitioners, application, research, practitioner research, experience

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