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Practice Research in Action – Methodologies and Challenges
Wednesday, April 10th, 9.00 am – 3.30 pm
Preceding the European Conference for Social Work Research 2019 in Leuven, the SIG for Social Work Practice Research is organizing the third SIG-conference on European Social Work Practice Research. The aim of the SIG-conference is to share ideas and experiences about emerging concerns and issues in practice research. You are most welcome to participate!
Following the Salisbury Statement (2008), there has been increasing interest in marrying up research and practice to improve social work practice. The practice turn in social work research has revived an interest in both the importance of science in practice (praxis) and the validity of practice wisdom (phronēsis). The new emphasis drives social work academics to critically examine the current research-practice relationship, supporting initiatives to move beyond research-informed practice for developing practice-informed research. In the due course, space is also created for practitioners and users and carers to rethink their role in producing useful knowledge and improving social work practice research methods/methodologies to accommodate to the dynamic, contextual, pragmatic and ethical nature of social work practice.
We welcome proposals that will contribute to a wider understanding of the relationship between practice and research in social work, with a particular attention to the methods. The final aim is to understand in which way the available knowledge has been used and produced in order to move ‘action’. The following questions will help in addressing the issue.
In the SIG-conference, we would like to introduce to you some of the latest methodological debates and innovations. We welcome proposals that will contribute to a wider understanding of these questions.
Proposals will be welcome as oral presentations and as workshops.
Oral presentation (15 minutes): For presenting outstanding research-practice experience in social work.
Workshop (60 minutes): In the workshops you can shortly present the research project and the methodology used in the project. It is intended to be a 'work'shop therefore we expect an interactive session in which (part of) the methodology is put into practice or illustrated. We can discuss the opportunities and challenges of the methodology, how different stakeholders are involved and the role of the researcher.
The SIG-conference 2019 on social work practice research is organized as follows: We kindly ask you to send your presentation/workshop abstract for the SIG-conference by 30 November 2018 to the following address:
Submission of abstracts, please email to Vera Taube at firstname.lastname@example.org
The SIG-conference consists of lecture, paper presentations, poster presentations and workshop(s). We will start with a lecture on the different modes/models of knowledge production in social work practice research. This will be followed by paper presentations in the morning session and parallel workshops in the afternoon for introducing and exploring different methodological approaches to social work practice research and its challenges. The remainder of accepted research abstracts will be presented as posters as part of the SIG-conference. We will announce the results of the abstract review process by 31 December 2018.The SIG-conference is organized by the ‘Special Interest Group in Practice Research in Social Work’ established at the European Conference for Social Work Research, Ljubjana 2015. Members of the SIG-conferenceplanning committee chosen at Edinburgh meeting 2018 are:
Members of the SIG-conference planning committee are: Elke Plovie, lecturer and researcher at Civitaz (Centre For Citizenship and Participation), University College Leuven-Limburg, Belgium; Dr. Sara Serbati, research assistant University of Padova, Italy; Dr. Sui-Ting Kong, lecturer at Department of Sociology, Durham University, UK; Vera Taube, research assistant, University of Applies Sciences Würzburg, Germany.
Conveners: Prof. Lars Uggerhøj, professor of social work, Aalborg University, Denmark; MSc Martine Ganzevles, lecturer and researcher at HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht, the Netherlands)