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A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care - Carol Munn-Giddings

A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care

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Published: 8th March 2001
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Action research is a form of research closely linked to practice which can readily be undertaken by practitioners and service users. This handbook offers a comprehensive guide to action research as a strategy for inquiry and development in health and social care. It can be used by individuals or groups working independently on their own projects or as a basis for a tutor-led course. It features
* an introduction to the theories behind action research and other forms of research related to it
*lively case studies from social work, nursing, mental health care and community work
* a step-by-step study guide.
The theoretical section of the book provides a general definition of action research, compares action research with other forms of social research, outlines the nature of a 'culture of inquiry' in the workplace, and describes the links between action research and service-user research, management,community development, evaluation, reflective practice, feminist research and anti-racist research.
This practical study guide covers issues such as preparing a proposal, ethics and principles of procedure, gathering and analysing data, writing a report, the links between action research and critical reflection. It will be particularly useful for groups wishing to undertake action research on an independent basis

'This book comes highly recommended, as part of the literature that can well support an action researcher. I also anticipate that midwives and midwifery practice will benefit from the transferable knowledge, experience, guidance and wisdom offered by these authors.' - MIDIRS Midwifery Digest

Preface
Introduction
Action Research as an Approach to Inquiry and Development
Action Research - Contexts and Dimensions
Examples: The Variety of Action Research. Introduction: Some Themes and Contrasts
Developing Nursing Practice: Introducing Knee-length Anti- embolic Stockings, Noreen Kennedy
Introducing Bedside Handovers: Changing Practice on a Coronary Care Unit, Fergal Searson
Empowering the Supporters: Enhancing the Role of Unqualified Support Workers in a Housing Scheme for People with Mental Health Problems
What Does an Elephant Look Like? Problems Encountered on a Journey to Innovation in Child Protection, Valerie Childs
Developing Client-Focused Work With People with Profound Learning Disabilities
Researching the Experiences of Black Professionals in White Organisations: An Example from Social Work
Community Involvement in a Bid for Urban Regeneration Funds
The Citizens' Commision: A UK Case Study of Service-User-Controlled Research
The Camden 'Alternative Choices in Mental Health' Project
A Foot in the Door: A Collaborative Action Research Project with Cancer-Service-Users
Pauline and Alzheimer's: 'Reflections' on Caring
Undertaking an Action Research Project - A Practical Guide
Action Research as a Form of Social Inquiry - A 'Theoretical' Justification
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ISBN: 9780415224840
ISBN-10: 0415224845
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 8th March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 16.61  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1