By Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender
Addressing the alienation of practitioners from positivist and quantitative examine, this booklet exhibits how study will be suitable with how practitioners gather and comprehend facts. 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. while necessary for practitioners eager to do study, the first goal of this e-book is to discover ways that practitioners might be research-minded of their paintings.
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It shifts the buck from the truly disabling consequences of poverty, discrimination, unemployment and other social ills. It is a vocabulary of centralisation, containment and control. (Gosling, 1990: I) Writing from a black perspective, Dutt has indicated: How you interpret findings of research and what you consider evidence depends on your starting point which in turn is governed by your values, beliefs and personal philosophy. A researcher's own value systems have an effect on the subject chosen for research and indeed the outcome of the research .
A specific example given by Holman is where a small team agreed to help the Tenants Group by employing their research skills to try and produce incontrovertible evidence of the link between damp housing and ill-health so that the group could use it to put pressure on public authorities. (Holman, 1987: 675) In research for social welfare , the research process should be accountable to those it most affects or whom it could most benefit in the pursuit of justice and equality. If this critical reference group (Wadsworth, 1984: 11) is not involved, the findings, in all probability, will represent the interests of those who commissioned the research and not those who will be expected to use any new or redesigned services.
Extreme interpretists believe that reality can only be individually known. The possibilities of a science of society are then limited to individual reflection. The possibilities for free will and autonomous creative thought are great. Critical theorists, though, both Marxists and feminists, would argue that individual interpretations of the world, subjective interpretations, can be understood by reference to the social contexts in which they have been formed. Thus, class , gender and race, for example, structure the ways in which we experience and make sense of the world .
Applied Research for Better Practice by Angela Everitt, Pauline Hardiker, Jane Littlewood, Audrey Mullender