First Steps in Practitioner Research: A guide to understanding and doing research in counselling and health and social care
ISBN 978 1 898059 73 8 (2010)
"A uniquely valuable resource for students in the field of counselling and the helping professions. Succinct, comprehensive and highly accessible, it provides a wonderful support for those taking the first steps towards conducting, and understanding, research." Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling, University of Strathclyde
It is widely acknowledged that research is an essential core component in the counselling and psychotherapy curriculum, with the emphasis on students’ understanding of practice-based evidence and completing small practitioner research projects.
To date there is little in the way of textbooks to support this area of course development specifically dedicated to the helping and therapy professions. First Steps in Practitioner Research will bridge that gap, providing a reliable and accessible introduction in the highly acclaimed style of the Steps in Counselling series.
This book is written for complete beginners in social sciences research. It explains research from first principles and takes the reader through to the point at which they will be able to attempt simple research on their own practice. It builds confidence by not only explaining contemporary methodologies in everyday language, but also how to approach, understand and evaluate a range of research in journal articles and books.
• What is Research and Why Bother?
• Quantity versus Quality
• Asking Questions
• Measuring Things
• Using Numbers to Describe Things
• Distributions, Populations and Samples
• Quantitative Research Methods
• Approaching Qualitative Research
• Collecting Stories
• Working with Stories
• Encountering and Understanding Research Literature
• Researching Ethically
• Getting Started on Your Own Research
• Presenting Your Research to Others
• Practice-based Research in the Real World
• What Next?
• Appendix: Using PowerPoint to draw graphs, histograms pie charts and scattergrams
I have just completed teaching a double 'Research and Dissertation' module … would that it [Sanders and Wilkins] had been available back in September! I am confident it the book will be both reassuring and informative to new, nervous practitioner researchers. Leonie Sugarman, University of Cumbria
As a primarily qualitative researcher the sections on statistics were especially illuminating – clear and easy to understand. I will certainly keep this book close by! It is an indispensible guide for anyone researching practice: from the beginner to the more experienced researcher. Dr. Helen Spandler, Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
This is an excellent guide to the whole research process and leads the reader step by step through the journey. It’s the Delia Smith Cook Book of research guides! Maggie Robson, University of Keele
Sanders and Wilkins know that practitioners are often ambivalent about research … and speak directly to this ambivalence … they are accomplished writers who know their audience. The book does not avoid complexity, but explains complex concepts plainly … Bill Stiles, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Miami University, Ohio. Past President, Society for Psychotherapy Research.