Patterns, Designs and Developments in Qualitative Research in Social Work: A Research Note

Ian Shaw, Ann Ramatowski, Roy Ruckdeschel

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By way of review of the first decade of this journal’s life, we consider, first, how far the journal Qualitative Social Work offers a case study of qualitative research in social work – its patterns, designs and developments. Second, and as a subsidiary intention, we develop the field-testing of a relatively full framework for understanding kinds, purposes and methods of social work research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)732-749
Number of pages18
JournalQualitative Social Work
Issue number6
Early online date30 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Methodology
  • Qualitative trends
  • Review
  • Writing

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