Doing Practitioner Research

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  • Copyright: 2007-03-08
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd

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This is an ideal text for the growing number of practitioners working in health, education, and social care who are undertaking research. Authors Mark Fox, Gillian Green, and Peter Martin provide the perfect introduction to why practitioners are in the unique position to conduct research that actually improves professional practice. The authors cover in detail the range of skills and techniques necessary to make a successful start to the process of becoming an effective practitioner researcher.

Author Biography

Mark Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Essex Peter Martin is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Essex Gill Green is a Professor in Medical Sociology at the University of Essex

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Framing Researchp. 7
Identifying Areas to Researchp. 7
Research Worldsp. 9
Different Research Paradigmsp. 11
The Quality of Researchp. 17
Hierarchy of Research Evidencep. 19
Mixed Methods for the Practitioner Researcherp. 21
Summaryp. 24
Further Readingp. 24
Thinking Critically About Theory And Practicep. 25
Professional Knowledgep. 25
Prepositional Knowledgep. 29
Process Knowledgep. 32
Personal Knowledgep. 33
Value-based Knowledgep. 35
Practice Culturep. 37
Summaryp. 40
Further Readingp. 40
Using Research as a Process for Developmentp. 42
Development in Organisationsp. 42
Research Designs that Promote Initiation of Changep. 45
Action Research Designs to Produce Implementation and Continuationp. 47
Action Research as Social Managementp. 49
Participatory Action Research (PAR)p. 52
Emancipatory Researchp. 55
Summaryp. 57
Further Readingp. 58
Evaluating Your Own Organisationp. 59
The Shadow Side of Organisationsp. 59
Working with the Shadow Side of Organisationsp. 62
Evaluationp. 66
Realist Evaluationp. 69
Undertaking Realist Evaluationp. 71
The Shadow Side of Evaluationp. 73
Summaryp. 74
Further Readingp. 75
Researching Your Own Practicep. 76
The Practitioner Researcher's Intentp. 76
Practitioner Researchp. 79
Power in Practitioner Researchp. 88
Summaryp. 93
Further Readingp. 94
Undertaking Ethical Researchp. 95
The Organisational structuresp. 95
Professional Guidelines and Regulationsp. 100
Doing Ethical Researchp. 104
Obtaining Ethical Approvalp. 106
Striking a Balance Between Bureaucracy and Ethical Researchp. 108
Summaryp. 111
Further Readingp. 111
Undertaking Researchp. 112
Research Designp. 112
Developing a Research Proposal-An Examplep. 118
Fixed Protocols and Flexible Researchp. 121
Time Management and Gantt Chartsp. 125
Summaryp. 128
Further Readingp. 129
Service User Involvementp. 130
The Role of the Service User in Researchp. 131
Styles of Involvementp. 133
Case Studiesp. 136
Establishing Effective Engagementp. 141
Ownership of Research Conducted in Collaboration with Service Usersp. 144
Summaryp. 146
Further Readingp. 146
Writing the Research Reportp. 147
Writing as Part of the Research Processp. 147
Writing Up the Research Reportp. 148
Establishing Integrity and Balancep. 153
Disseminationp. 160
Summaryp. 162
Further Readingp. 163
Research Utilisation: Maximising the Impact of Research on Practicep. 164
The Context of Research utilisationp. 165
Working Collaborativelyp. 166
Marketing Researchp. 170
Motivation for Changep. 172
Change and Learning Organisationsp. 176
Summaryp. 177
Further Readingp. 178
Developing the Practitioner Researcherp. 179
How Practitioners Developp. 179
Kolb's Learning Cyclep. 181
Reflectionp. 184
Reflexivityp. 186
Techniques for Developing Reflective Skillsp. 189
Supervisionp. 191
Summaryp. 195
Further Readingp. 195
Conclusionsp. 196
Referencesp. 202
Indexp. 207
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