Qualitative Methods for Practice Research

Paperback | August 3, 2012

byJeffrey Longhofer, Jerry Floersch, Janet Hoy

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Qualitative methods have become increasingly popular among researchers, and while many comprehensive textbooks describe the standard techniques and philosophical assumptions, it is often assumed that practitioners are consumers of research and not producers. This innovative book describes howqualitative methods can be used to investigate the in-vivo use of theory in social work practice. It offers not just a comprehensive overview of methods, but a concise, accessible guide focused on how to study and explicate application of theory, and the creative tension that inevitably existsbetween theory and practice. Theory-to-practice gaps are indispensable conditions for conducting engaged scholarship, which in turn promotes collaboration between researchers and practitioners in addressing practice-related problems in real-world settings.Engaged scholarship and critical realist assumptions are applied to three case studies that combine research questions with data collection techniques and analytic strategies. Thematic, grounded theory, and narrative research techniques are all illustrated, including original quick-startinstructions for using ATLAS.ti software. Institutional ethnography is also presented as a method that is particularly useful for social work practice settings.By generating knowledge of practice in open and natural systems, qualitative methods can be used to examine how practice is experienced and how interventions may be understood and transformed. This cutting-edge pocket guide will equip practitioner-scholars with the foundation for conducting researchthat makes a difference.

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Qualitative methods have become increasingly popular among researchers, and while many comprehensive textbooks describe the standard techniques and philosophical assumptions, it is often assumed that practitioners are consumers of research and not producers. This innovative book describes howqualitative methods can be used to investiga...

Jeffrey Longhofer, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Jerry Floersch, PhD, is Associate Professor of Social Work at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Janet M. Hoy, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Toledo.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 3, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195398475

ISBN - 13:9780195398472

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Introduction1. Engaged Scholarship and Critical Realism2. Quick-Start to Qualitative Research for Practice3. Institutional Ethnography4. Engaged Scholarship: Qualitative Methods and Adapting Evidence-based Practice5. The Role of Reflexivity in Engaged ScholarshipAppendixGlossaryNotesReferencesIndex