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"This excellently timed book is invaluable for social work students
contemplating, or in the process of completing a modest qualitative study for a
dissertation. Many barriers exist for students intending to embark on empirical
work; this book, detailed but accessible, takes a theoretically informed
approach to guide their path- it is much more than a pragmatic handbook."
Professor Steven M Shardlow, Chair of Social Work, The University of Salford,
"A trustworthy guide to the dissertation process from beginning to end. The
advice offered is extremely sound, it is hard to disagree with anything Carey
suggests, and if students choose to follow it they should considerably improve
the quality of their submitted work."
Carolyn Taylor, Department of Applied Social Studies, University of Lancaster
"Most social work research dissertations use qualitative methodology -
sometimes thinly so. Malcolm Carey's book answers the numerous questions
students repeatedly ask, and in ways which will enrich the doing and teaching
of dissertation work at both qualifying and postqualifying levels. It is
written accessibly and with numerous helpfully worked examples. 'Have you read
Carey?' may soon become a frequently heard question on social work courses.
This book will definitely be near the top of my reading lists for dissertation
Ian Shaw, Professor of Social Work, University of York
"Malcolm Carey is to be congratulated on this book. He has produced an
accessible, user friendly, step by step guide to writing a dissertation which
is packed with useful examples relevant to social work students. He has
accomplished this without over-simplifying the concepts and theoretical
perspectives he describes, thus ensuring that the reader can build upon what
they have learned. The book will be helpful not only to qualifying the
post-qualifying social work students, but to practitioners and managers who
wish to undertake a piece of research, but feel a little daunted by the task."
Sue White, Professor of Social Work, Lancaster University, UK
This comprehensive book provides a clear and accessible guide for students
undertaking small-scale qualitative research for a social work dissertation.
Using jargon free, practical language, the book explains the research process
and each of the key stages involved. Also included are: Case examples of real
student experiences Descriptions of key qualitative research concepts Examples
used to explain theoretical models and research methodologies The book offers
advice on how to get the most from supervision and explains the importance of
ethics and political context within the research process. Use of social theory
within research is explored, with suggestions of ways in which different
theories can influence and help to contextualise social research.
Acknowledging the limited time and resources typically available to students,
the book prioritises small-scale qualitative research. Literature based social
work dissertations are discussed alongside key sources of information such as
relevant journals and websites.
The Social Work Dissertation offers detailed yet concise explanations and is
ideal for social work students at all levels, as well as social work