The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Participatory Action Research Studies

Participatory Action Research Studies

Esther Blum Tuula Heinonen Judy White

The term participatory action research (PAR) suggests that PAR has three different components at the very least. It involves research (i.e., the organized study of a certain subject), it is participatory or collaborative in its method, and the research highlights action or some change by its process or outcome.

In this chapter, we will be looking at the values, processes, and components of PAR through the lens of three different social work research projects. Each includes PAR as a principal method or uses PAR principles in some measure. Our intention is to describe the projects and to extract from them the elements of PAR that ring ...

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