Applied Research for Better Practice by Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey

By Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender

Addressing the alienation of practitioners from positivist and quantitative learn, this ebook indicates how study might be suitable with how practitioners acquire and comprehend information. Drawing on examine ways that take account of subjectivity and hire participative equipment, the authors advance an method of perform for the study- minded practitioner. when priceless for practitioners eager to do examine, the first purpose of this e-book is to discover ways that practitioners could be research-minded of their paintings.

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Such knowledge, claim feminists, is bound to be more correct than knowledge which omits women . Thus, in social work, attention to gender has revealed that the majority of users, carers and social workers are women; that these roles are accorded relatively low status and reward in our society; and that often women have little choice but to accept these roles ascribed to them (Finch and Groves, 1983). Representation of the views of girls and women within the criminal justice system, and recognition of their experiences, has illuminated the very different meanings of criminality and different treatments/punishments accorded to men and women (Cain, 1989).

These experiences need to be made visible and understood. Adding women in would play a significant part in evaluating policies, organisational norms and practice guidelines. The effect of social welfare policies , norms and practices in confirming and maintaining particular gendered positions for women as mothers, wives and carers would be analysed . The contradictions and tensions for women in handling their gendered experiences would be acknowledged. Research-minded practitioners would be able to recognise the contradictions for a woman in coping with the differences between what she knows she should be, how she should behave, what she should think and feel, how she should look and how things actually are for her .

An understanding of Marxism alerts the practitioner who is research-minded to the need to be careful about accepting at face value what is said and how the world is presented. Data would be under stood not as factual and the whole truth, but as information constructed ideologicalI y in a class society. This would relate to alI kinds of data: data as in policy, in organisational norms , in practice guidelines, in what managers sa y, what workers in other agencies profess to know and what user s express.

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