This book presents a novel and accessible way to learn about designing and conducting social research. Unlike traditional social research methods books, it provides a ‘real world’ account of social researchers’ experiences and learning achieved through conducting research in a variety of fields.
It contains an eclectic collection of research and advice for conducting research from social researchers with varying backgrounds. Suggestions are made in relation to gaining access to research sites, conducting research on sensitive topics such as suicide, child sexual abuse and homelessness, ensuring the inclusive participation of participants with intellectual disabilities and children. Also included are discussions of conducting practitioner research, conducting research on individual change, psychoanalytically informed research, documentary research and post qualitative research. Other chapters focus on criticality in research on topics that have become politicised and moralised, ensuring that research conducted is credible and how knowledge in research is constructed through both the theoretical framework used and how it is conducted.
Bringing together a diverse collection of social research projects, Designing and Conducting Research in Social Science, Health and Social Care will be of interest to students, educators and researchers in the social sciences and professionals in related areas.
Table of Contents
List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction (Fiona McSweeney and Dave Williams); 1. Gatekeepers: The Experience of Conducting Research in a Prison Setting (Nicola Hughes); 2. Suicide Research: What have we Learned about Conducting Sensitive Research with Vulnerable Populations? (Evelyn Gordon and Maeve Kenny); 3. Ensuring the Active Participation of People with Intellectual Disabilities in Research: Implications for Researchers and Professionals (Judit Fullana and Maria Pallisera); 4. To Choose and to Participate: Lessons from Researching with Children and Young People (Florbela M. Samagaio); 5. Managing Relationships in the Field: Practitioner Research with the Travelling Community (Tamsin Cavaliero); 6. Between Policy and Practice: Ethical Challenges in Longitudinal Social Work Research with Street Youth (Jeff Karabanow and Ian Stewart); 7. Cream Cakes, Hungry Cats and Hugs: Developing a Responsive Strategy to Asking Sensitive Questions and Hearing the Answers (Sharon Mallon); 8. Measuring Individual Change using Open Card Sort Data (Raegan Murphy and Emma Hurley); 9. Choosing Constructivist Grounded Theory to Explore Children’s Experiences of Disclosing Sexual Abuse (Rosaleen McElvaney); 10. A Psychoanalytic Approach to Data Collection and Analysis (Gerard Moore); 11. The Politics and Ethics of Research into ‘Wicked’ Social Problems: The Case of Jimmy Savile at Duncroft (Mark Smith); 12. A Post Qualitative, Transdisciplinary, Close Reading of Child and Youth Care and the Capacity of Love (Hans Skott-Myhre and Kathleen S.G. Skott-Myhre); 13. Using Documents to Examine the Meanings of Childhood: A Figurational Perspective (Paddy Dolan); 14. Theoretical Frameworks in Research: Lessons from a Study Examining the Experiences of Birth Children of Foster Carers (Dave Williams); 15. Constructing a Knowledge through Research: Examples from Research on Practice Teaching (Fiona McSweeney); 16. Indicators and Strategies to Develop Credible Outcomes in Qualitative Research: Young People, Compliance and Community Supervision (Mairead Seymour and Ben Meehan); Index
Fiona McSweeney lectures in psychology and research methods in the Technological University Dublin, Ireland and is an associate lecturer in psychology with the Open University. Her current research focusses on higher education and professional education in social care, though she is also interested in research methodologies, students’ experiences of higher education and higher education policy. She has published Learning for Work: Social Identities and Professional Education in Social Care and journal articles on social care education. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Care, aimed at encouraging research and publication in the field of social care.
Dave Williams is a lecturer at the Technological University Dublin, Ireland. He is programme chair of the BA (Hons.) in Social Care and lectures on the MA in Child, Family and Community Studies and MA in Social Care Management and Leadership programmes. He is the founding president of Social Care Ireland and is co-editor of the Journal of Social Care. His research interests include the topics of foster care, the professionalisation of social care work, social care education and the management of challenging behaviours in social care settings.