Hardwick, Louise and Worsley, Aidan (2011) The invisibility of practitioner research. Practice, 23 (3). pp. 135-146. ISSN 0950-3153 (In Press)
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09503153.2011.569971
The authors offer a critical account of the struggle faced by social work practitioner research in emerging from a state of near ‘invisibility’. The authors make the case for practitioner-led research (PLR) to be valued and supported within the broad arena of social research by an infrastructure that can capitalise on the advantages of PLR. It is argued that the practitioner's situated perspective can access knowledge which takes practice fully into account. Practitioners are uniquely situated at the interface of service users, carers, work organisations and policy; their knowledge is transferable to other practice situations and has the potential to achieve change that will enhance the quality of the lives of both service users and carers. Furthermore, PLR provides a vehicle for the frontline practitioner to have a voice in their own right. Once due recognition and the requisite support is given to PLR, it will, it is argued, emerge out of the shadows and stand in full view in the light of knowledge enquiry.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||practitioner-led research; situated knowledge; practitioner voice|
|Subjects:||Social studies > Sociology|
|Schools:||College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Social Work, Care and Community|
|Deposited By:||Lorna Marie Burrow|
|Deposited On:||19 May 2011 14:05|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 12:22|
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