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Research and Evaluation for Busy Students and Practitioners

A Time-Saving Guide

Research co-exists with many other tasks and commitments, yet there is more need for people to save time than ever before. Brilliantly attuned to the demands placed on researchers, this 'tutor in a book' considers how students, academics and professionals can save time and stress without compromising the quality or outcomes of their research.

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Research Ethics in the Real World

Euro-Western and Indigenous Perspectives

Research Ethics in the Real World highlights the links between research ethics and individual, social, professional, institutional, and political ethics. Helen Kara considers all stages of the research process and provides guidance for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods researchers about how to act ethically throughout.

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The Research Journal

A Reflective Tool for Your First Independent Research Project

This brilliant book is a great guide for students undertaking their first piece of independent research. Regular critical reflection is an invaluable tool for helping you gain new insights, deal with practical issues as they arise and develop your understanding. This book gets you started in the habit of using a research journal.

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Research Justice

Methodologies for Social Change

This is the first book to take a radical approach to socially just, community centred research. Challenging traditional models for conducting social science research within marginalized populations, it examines the relationships between research, knowledge construction, and political power/legitimacy in society.

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Residential Child Care in Practice

Making a Difference

This highly practical book, written by experienced practitioners and academics, is a core text about the practice of residential childcare, where workers and children share a common lifespace.

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Rethinking Community Practice

Developing Transformative Neighbourhoods

Combining re-examination of theory with practical tools and approaches, Chanan and Miller provide a new framework for local involvement strategy.

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Rural Places and Planning

Stories from the Global Countryside

This book provides a compact analysis for students and early-career practitioners of the critical connections between place capitals and the broader practices of planning, seeded within rural communities. It introduces the breadth of the discipline, presenting examples of what planning means and what it can achieve in different rural places.

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Sexual issues in social work

This book provides busy practitioners with a ready reference for the day-to-day problems relating to sex and sexuality that they are likely to face in key areas of engagement, such as promoting sexual health, preventing sexual violence, working with those subjected to sexual abuse, and engaging with the complexities of contemporary sexualities.

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Sexualities

Personal lives and social policy

Edited by Jean Carabine

This book explores the choices that we make about our sexuality and their effect our personal lives. It analyses how social policy informs and responds to such choices through an examination of normative assumptions about sexuality and its role in forming, regulating and constituting welfare subjects, discourses, theories, provisions and practices.

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Shaping health policy

Case study methods and analysis

This collection, written by leading health policy researchers, examines the role that case-studies play in British health policy, covering key health policy literatures in the policy process, analytical frameworks and seminal moments of the NHS.

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The Short Guide to Aging and Gerontology

This compact, focused guide is perfect for students and others new to the field of gerontology. Features include further reading for each chapter, a glossary of key terms, and tables that provide easy reference points.

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The Short Guide to Community Development

Fully updated to reflect changes in policy, practice, economics and culture, the third edition of this well-respected guide offers an invaluable, authoritative and concise introduction to community development.

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