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Theorizing from practice: towards an inclusive approach for social work research

Theorizing from practice: towards an inclusive approach for social work research
Theorizing from practice: towards an inclusive approach for social work research
Practitioner researchers often experience difficulties in understanding and using the plethora of approaches to the ways in which practice can be theorized, and mistakenly feel they must be committed to one main approach. In this article I argue that an inclusive approach to the many different methods is crucial to social work. I develop this approach by describing, in broad terms, the major different approaches to theorizing and the methods associated with this.
I begin by relating an inclusive approach to the changes in knowledge-making becoming recognized with postmodernism. I then develop an inclusive approach by examining three major areas: what theory is; how it is generated; and who it should be generated by. I end by arguing that an inclusive approach best fits the range of practice which social workers wish to research, but that it must include research of the 'tacit' knowledge of practitioners.
knowledge building, practice research, theorizing
1473-3250
79-95
Fook, Jan
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Fook, Jan
470c973d-0cf8-4f4a-ba03-6086bb800fb4

Fook, Jan (2002) Theorizing from practice: towards an inclusive approach for social work research. Qualitative Social Work, 1 (1), 79-95.

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Practitioner researchers often experience difficulties in understanding and using the plethora of approaches to the ways in which practice can be theorized, and mistakenly feel they must be committed to one main approach. In this article I argue that an inclusive approach to the many different methods is crucial to social work. I develop this approach by describing, in broad terms, the major different approaches to theorizing and the methods associated with this.
I begin by relating an inclusive approach to the changes in knowledge-making becoming recognized with postmodernism. I then develop an inclusive approach by examining three major areas: what theory is; how it is generated; and who it should be generated by. I end by arguing that an inclusive approach best fits the range of practice which social workers wish to research, but that it must include research of the 'tacit' knowledge of practitioners.

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Published date: 1 March 2002
Keywords: knowledge building, practice research, theorizing

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Local EPrints ID: 41015
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41015
ISSN: 1473-3250
PURE UUID: 8c3654ea-2a7d-47d4-8ab7-df64e3c55f7d

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Date deposited: 13 Jul 2006
Last modified: 02 Dec 2019 19:29

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Author: Jan Fook

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