Reflecting on Research Practice: Issues in Health and Social Welfare

Reflecting on Research Practice: Issues in Health and Social Welfare

Reflecting on Research Practice: Issues in Health and Social Welfare

Reflecting on Research Practice: Issues in Health and Social Welfare

Synopsis

This book charts some of the hidden-from-view aspects of social research and explores many of the complex processes involved. The writers are from a variety of social science and humanities disciplines. Individually and collectively they reflect on the position of the self in various stages of the research process. The chapters range from developing ideas and negotiating with funders, to building research relationships and disseminating findings.

Excerpt

This book explores and charts some of the hidden and unexplained aspects of work in social welfare research. It does this through the personal experience of ten researchers from a variety of social science and humanities disciplines reflecting upon their own place, thoughts and dilemmas in research work. the book reveals those aspects of research which usually remain concealed and undiscovered. the revelation of those hidden-from-view areas of research involves the book’s authors in a process of self-disclosure and self-reflection. We disclose and reflect upon the place of the self in the development of ideas; in the setting up and the doing of research, including the building of research relationships; and in the processes of interpretation and dissemination. As authors we draw on our personal experience to develop behind-the-scenes and backstage accounts of what really happened (often in our lives as well as in our research) and to share the mistakes and the gaffes that occurred along the way.

The audience

In ‘reflecting on research’ in this book, we aim to engage the reader in a similar process of reflection. in revealing the hidden processes of research, and in disclosing our own personal doubts and dilemmas, we aim to connect with the reader’s own experience. This experience may be research-related but, just as important, is real-life experience as a person, a practitioner or a client in the health and welfare field. in reflecting on our accounts, we hope that the reader will find connecting links with our experiences, and will find those connections at once supportive and reassuring. Doing research can be a lonely business: this book aims to reduce that sense of alone-ness.

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