Practice and Research
Practice and Research is an overview of Professor Ian Shaw's analysis of the complexity and challenges of the practice/research relationship in social work - a theme that has been the focus of much of his writing over his career. Introduced with a new essay that reflects on the 'serendipity, misfires and occasional patterns' in his work, the book is grouped into five sections. It covers the following themes, each of which is fully contextualized: ¢ Perspectives on Social Work Research ¢ Evaluation ¢ Qualitative Social Work Research ¢ Practice and Research ¢ The Receiving End: Service Users and Research This book has much to say about the relationship between social work practice and research and is a must-read for any social work student or practitioner.
'This volume, based on the work of one of the leading scholars in the field, is a major resource which provides valuable insights into the purpose and process of researching social work. The reflective introduction constitutes a significant history, both personal and disciplinary, that is essential reading for all wanting to understand the relationship between theory, research and practice.' Joan Orme, University of Glasgow, UK 'It is exciting to read this collection of thoughtful and provocative essays by Professor Ian Shaw, centered around the topic of social work research and practice. His views are at the cutting edge of Europaean developments in contemporary social work philosophy of science and research methodology. This work is most highly recommended for social worker scholars and practitioners.' Bruce A. Thyer, Florida State University, USA