1st Edition

Research and Research Methods for Youth Practitioners

Edited By Simon Bradford, Fin Cullen Copyright 2012
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    Rigorous research is crucial to effective work with young people and increasingly youth practitioners need to be able to develop, review and evidence their work using a variety of research and assessment tools. This text equips students and practitioners with a thorough understanding of research design, practice and dissemination, as well as approaches to evidence-based practice.

    A clear practice framework informs the book, outlining the significance of research to youth work, especially in relation to designing and developing services for young people. Research and Research Methods for Youth Practitioners:

    • Analyses the research/practitioner role
    • Explores the ethical context of research in youth work
    • Offers a thorough analysis of key methodological questions in research in practice
    • Provides a guide to data collection and analysis
    • Presents five principal research strategies for youth work: ethnographic work and visual methods; interviewing and evaluation; surveys and evaluation; the use of secondary data and documentary analysis; and researching virtual and online settings
    • Discusses the implications of research for work with young people as well as its dissemination.

    Written by experienced researchers and practitioner-researchers, each chapter in this accessible textbook includes an overview, a critical discussion of the pros and cons of the particular method or approach, a case study, a practice-based task, a summary and suggestions for further reading. This textbook is invaluable for student and practising youth workers. It is also a useful reference for other practitioners working with young people.

    Contents  Contributors  Acknowledgements  Introduction / Simon Bradford and Fin Cullen Chapter 1. Working as a Practitioner-researcher / Fin Cullen, Simon Bradford and Laura Green  Chapter 2. Getting Started: Developing and Designing Research for Practice / Stan Tucker  Chapter 3. Research Ethics: Participation, Social Difference and Informed Consent / Chrissie Rogers and Geeta Ludhra  Chapter 4. Doing Ethnography and Using Visual Methods / Alexandra Allan  Chapter 5. Asking Questions: Interviews and Evaluations / Clare Choak  Chapter 6. Using Quantitative Methods: Designing Surveys and Evaluations / Marilyn Clark and Albert Bell  Chapter 7. Documentary Research and Secondary Data / John Barker and Pam Alldred  Chapter 8. Virtual and Online Research With Young People / Nic Crowe  Chapter 9. Presenting Research to Different Audiences / Rys Farthing and Judith Bessant  Chapter 10. Research and Work with Young People: Politics, Participation and Policy / Fin Cullen and Simon Bradford


    Simon Bradford is Reader in Social Sciences in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University, UK. His research interests include youth and youth cultures, social policy as it affects young people and communities, and professionalisation and professional identities of those who work with young people. He is Director of the Centre for Youth Work Studies at Brunel University.

    Fin Cullen is Lecturer in Youth and Community Studies in the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University, UK. Since 1997, Fin has been involved in youth work and research projects across the UK. Her research interests include participatory action research, youth sexualities, girls' drinking cultures, visual methods and youth geographies.

    ‘A terrific collection, addressed directly to the practitioner-researcher in youth work who intends to conduct their own small-scale research or needs to use research in their professional practice. The book is both accessible and sophisticated and provides a ‘state-of-the-art’ overview of the field that is characterised by a clear ethical commitment to social justice and participation. A gem!’ – Rachel Thomson, Professor of Social Research, The Open University, UK.