It will aim to be one of possibly the central contemporary international text in this field for social work researchers, bringing together in one volume the developments and debates that have been seen in recent years in peer reviewed journals, including the Sage journal Qualitative Social Work (founded and co-edited by one of us).

Qualitative Research and Practice

Qualitative Research and Practice

In this chapter we explore initially how we should begin thinking about the general relationship between practice and qualitative research, and then set out ways in which we can do so. In the first part of the chapter we map the kinds of knowledge involved. These include ‘practical knowledge’, common sense, tacit knowledge and expert knowledge. We take the linked ideas of reflective and reflexive work as an example.

In the main part of the chapter we look at the mirrored questions of those forms of qualitative research that challenge and are challenged by practice, and forms of practice that challenge and are challenged by qualitative research. We go on from there to consider two arenas that in ...

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