By Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender
Addressing the alienation of practitioners from positivist and quantitative learn, this e-book exhibits how study may be suitable with how practitioners acquire and comprehend information. Drawing on examine ways that take account of subjectivity and hire participative equipment, the authors strengthen an method of perform for the examine- minded practitioner. when valuable for practitioners desirous to do examine, the first goal of this publication is to discover ways that practitioners could be research-minded of their paintings.
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At the very best, they may have been fortunate enough to encounter researchers who valued their own views and involvement (Fisher, Marsh and Phillips , 1986; Hardiker, Exton and Barker, 1989). These experiences have been ones of greater co-operation between researchers and practitioners but have still separated research and practice. Yet social workers do want to analyse critically their own practice, do want to question what works and why, do want to compare notes with other practitioners so as to become more effective.
Nor can it relegate others to a subordinate, unequal and less knowledgeable position (Oakley, 1981). Expertise is often illusory in any case, as highlighted by Huxley's high rate of detection of errors in quantitative social work research (Huxley, 1988). Expertise is kept in place by mystification (Wadsworth, 1982; 1984). It represents a way of exercising power over persons (Heron, 1981: 34) and, at worst, can become another agent of authoritarian social control [if] knowledge and power are all on the side of the researchers and their political masters, and none is on the side of those who provide the data and are subject to its subsequent application.
Rather we are saying that, in a gender-divided society, women's experiences are different from those of men. 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.
Applied Research for Better Practice by Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender