This unique textbook explores practice-based research (PBR),
using numerous practice examples to actively encourage and engage
students and practitioners to embrace research as a meaningful
support for their practice. Whilst evidence-based practice gives
practitioners access to information about "universal" best
practices, it does not prioritize practitioner-generated knowledge
or promote new research-based interventions relevant to their own
practice circumstances as PBR does.
This book discusses the evolution of PBR as a distinct social
work research approach, describes its principles and methods and
presents a range of exemplars illustrating the application of PBR
within different practice methods in different practice settings.
The chapters cover:
- Identifying the research question in a PBR model
- Designing a study and identifying a methodology
- Literature reviews
- Gathering data
- Analyzing data and interpreting results
- Putting research into practice
Viewing the practitioner as central to the research process, and
research as a necessary component of practice, this invaluable book
emphasizes the seamless integration of practice and research. It is
about research in social work practice rather than
research on social work practice. Each chapter includes an
overview, an introduction, and a key concepts summary.
Practice-Based Research in Social Work is a very
accessible text suitable for social work students, particularly MSW
students, and practitioners.