Networking practitioner research: synthesising the state of the ‘art’

Neil Lunt, K Ramian, Ian Frank Shaw, F Mitchell, Christa Fouche

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The aim of this paper is to examine what we know about the experience and outcomes of networked initiatives aimed at facilitating practitioner research. We outline the roles and significance of practitioner research within social work; review emerging understanding of practitioner research network initiatives; and draw conclusions from a comparative analysis of three such initiatives in Auckland, New Zealand, Arhus County, Denmark, and across Scotland. We consider the nature and challenges of practitioner research and a number of responses to how such work should be formulated and conducted. Central to our argument is an empirically informed consideration—from our separate and shared experiences—of how well networks enhance the process and consequences, and art and craft, of such research projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-203
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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