A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Medical - 281 pages
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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
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Action research as an approach to inquiry and development
9
contexts and dimensions
27
PART II
63
enhancing the role
88
What does an elephant look like? Problems encountered
102
Developing clientfocused work with people with profound
116
Researching the experiences of black professionals
131
reflections on caring
199
a practical guide
205
Preparing an action research proposal
215
Gathering data
224
Analysing and reflecting on data
234
Writing an action research report
241
PART IV
253
Critical realism
259

Community involvement in a bid for urban regeneration
145
a UK case study
160
The Camden Alternative Choices in Mental Health project
175
Conclusion
265
Index
275
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Anglia Polytechnic University

Carol Munn-Giddings is Reader in Participative Inquiry and Director of Research in the School of Community Health and Social Studies at Anglia Polytechnic University.

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