A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social Care by P-TaylorFrancis


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									A Handbook for Action Research in Health and Social
Author: Carol Munn-Giddings
Author: Richard Winter
Table of Contents

Preface. Part One. 1. Introduction 2. Action Research as an Approach to Inquiry and Development 3.
Action Research - Contexts and Dimensions Part Two. Examples: The Variety of Action Research.
Introduction: Some Themes and Contrasts 4. Developing Nursing Practice: Introducing Knee-length Anti-
embolic Stockings,Noreen Kennedy 5. Introducing Bedside Handovers: Changing Practice on a Coronary
Care Unit,Fergal Searson 6. Empowering the Supporters: Enhancing the Role of Unqualified Support
Workers in a Housing Scheme for People with Mental Health Problems, Philip Kemp 7. What Does an
Elephant Look Like? Problems Encountered on a Journey to Innovation in Child Protection,Valerie Childs
8. Developing Client-Focused Work With People with Profound Learning Disabilities, Brenda Dennett 9.
Researching the Experiences of Black Professionals in White Organisations: An Example from Social
Work, Cathy Aymer 10. Community Involvement in a Bid for Urban Regeneration Funds, Richard
Lawrence 11. The Citizens' Commision: A UK Case Study of Service-User-Controlled Research, Peter
Beresford Mike Turner 12. The Camden 'Alternative Choices in Mental Health' Project, Yan Weaver and
Vicky Nicholls 13. A Foot in the Door: A Collaborative Action Research Project with Cancer-Service-
Users, Jane Bradburn andCherry Mackie 14. Pauline and Alzheimer's: 'Reflections' on Caring, Philip
Ingram Part Three. Undertaking an Action Research Project - A Practical Guide Part Four. Action
Research as a Form of Social Inquiry - A 'Theoretical' Justification

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

'This book comes highly recommended, as part of the literature that can well support an action
researcher. I also anticipate that midwives and midwifery practice will benefit from the transferable
knowledge, experience, guidance and wisdom offered by these authors.

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