By Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender
Addressing the alienation of practitioners from positivist and quantitative study, this booklet exhibits how examine might be suitable with how practitioners gather and comprehend facts. Drawing on examine techniques that take account of subjectivity and hire participative equipment, the authors boost an method of perform for the learn- minded practitioner. while important for practitioners desirous to do learn, the first goal of this ebook is to discover ways that practitioners could be research-minded of their paintings.
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Research for social welfare: names the people for whom it is directed; it analyses their suffering; it offers enlightenment to them about what their real needs and wants are; it demonstrates to them in what way their ideas about themselves are false and at the same time extracts from these false ideas implicit truths about them; it points to those inherently contradictory social conditions which both engender specific needs and make it impossible for them to be satisfied; it reveals the mechanisms in terms of which this process of oppression operates and, in the light of changing social conditions which it describes, it offers a mode of activity by which they can intervene in and change the social processes which are thwarting them.
New possibilities will then be opened up. New enthusiasm may be engendered for more acceptable forms of enquiry as inalienable parts of professional activity . Value issues in research Although positivism maintains a myth of the 'value-free ideal of scientific knowledge' (Fay, 1975: 13), all forms of research enquiry 35 36 Applied Research for Better Practice are inevitably value-laden. In positivist research, values that influence the definition of research problems, the design and conduct of the research and the interpretation of what is observed and heard remain implicit.
Wilson, 1977: 7-8) Feminism has directly influenced social work practice in a number of different ways, depending on the particular perspective adopted. Radical feminism takes patriarchy and the oppression of women by men as fundamental. It has led to, for example, womenonly services such as women's refuges and rape crisis centres, places where women may be safe from the violence of men and where they may, by sharing their experiences with other women, develop understandings in ways that do not provoke guilt and blame on their part.
Applied Research for Better Practice by Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender