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Researching practice to change the world

THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF PRACTICE-ORIENTED RESEARCH

12 March 2015

Practice-oriented research resists the development of a set of lofty recommendations that are detached from the everyday realities of human service agencies. Practice experience as well as ongoing connections to ‘the field’ are capable of informing research processes in a variety of ways – perhaps most importantly, they can contribute to the aim of grounding the conceptual findings of a study within day-to-day agency practicalities. This raises significant methodological questions relating to notions of a ‘detached’ researcher, but also provides new avenues through which the unhelpful disconnect between research and practice can be addressed.

To illustrate these arguments, this presentation will report on a research process that attempted to answer questions arising specifically out of the presenter's clinical experience as a mental-health social worker. There are benefits gained by understanding that research and practice are intertwined processes; however, flexibility and consultative skills are essential to this approach.

Event details

  • When: 5–6pm

  • Where: Room 438, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim.

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim
    Research Support Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 8945 | E: camilla.pilgrim@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/change-the-world.shtml

  • Speaker: Emma Tseris lectures in social work and policy studies at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work within The University of Sydney. Her research interests are social construction of mental health and mental illness, as well as mental health and social justice. Ms Tseris is passionate about exploring contemporary constructions and cultural assumptions about mental illness; and research projects that seek to explore critical, contextual and consumer-led perspectives on social and emotional distress. Her doctoral dissertation is titled "Diagnosing Distress? Psychiatric and Therapeutic Constructions of 'Traumatised' Young Women".

Researching practice to change the world: the joys and challenges of practice-oriented research

Where Room 438, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

12 March 2015


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