Researching Social Work Practice, or Practising in Social Work Research? In Search of Our Identities as Social Work Researchers

  • Anne Hollows Sheffield Hallman University Health and Social Care Research Centre in Sheffield, England
  • Yvonne Channer Sheffield Hallman University Health and Social Care Research Centre in Sheffield, England
  • Peter Nelson Sheffield Hallman University Health and Social Care Research Centre in Sheffield, England
  • Ian Storr Sheffield Hallman University Health and Social Care Research Centre in Sheffield, England
  • Janet Williams Sheffield Hallman University Health and Social Care Research Centre in Sheffield, England

Abstract

The five authors of this narrative are UK-qualified social workers, with many years of experience in practice. They include two white women, one black woman, and two white men. For the last decade, four of the authors have been employed as academic educators and researchers, while the fifth has divided his time between practice and academic work. They all work in an English university with a modest commitment to research, which they balance with their significant teaching commitments. The authors decided to develop a group narrative in which their experiences of researching social work practice were described within the framework of the research process. This narrative focuses on the starting points, methods, ethics, and reporting of research before tuming to our refiections of how this has shaped their individual identities as social work researchers.

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