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Qualitative Research Practice

by Jane Ritchie Jane Lewis

`An excellent introduction to the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of qualitative research. . . they deal with issues at all stages in a very direct, clear, systematic and practical manner and thus make the processes involved in qualitative research more transparent' - Nyhedsbrev `This is a "how to" book on qualitative methods written by people who do qualitative research for a living. . . . It is likely to become the standard manual on all graduate and undergraduate courses on qualitative methods' - Professor Robert Walker, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham What exactly is qualitative research? What are the processes involved and what can it deliver as a mode of inquiry? Qualitative research is an exciting blend of scientific investigation and creative discovery. When properly executed, it can bring a unique understanding of people's lives which in turn can be used to deepen our understanding of society. It as a skilled craft used by practitioners and researchers in the `real world'; this textbook illuminates the possibilities of qualitative research and presents a sequential overview of the process written by those active in the field. Qualitative Research Practice: - Leads the student or researcher through the entire process of qualitative research from beginning to end - moving through design, sampling, data collection, analysis and reporting. - Is written by practising researchers with extensive experience of conducting qualitative research in the arena of social and public policy - contains numerous case studies. - Contains plenty of pedagogical material including chapter summaries, explanation of key concepts, reflective points for seminar discussion and further reading in each chapter - Is structured and applicable for all courses in qualitative research, irrespective of field. Drawn heavily on courses run by the Qualitative Unit at the National Centre for Social Research, this textbook should be recommended reading for students new to qualitative research across the social sciences.

Researching Information Systems and Computing

by Briony J Oates

With everything readers need to know about how to execute their research project, this book is written specifically for information systems (IS) and computing students. It introduces key quantitative and qualitative research methods, makes sense of underlying philosophies, and helps readers navigate and assess existing academic papers. Special features support students as they bridge the gap between theory and practice. These include: - research examples from the IS and computing disciplines; - suggestions on how to build internet research into each method mentioned; - an explanation of how knowledge is created, drawing an analogy between this and the creation of software systems Throughout, readers are supported by pedagogical features such as learning objectives, explanations, discussion questions, evaluation guides and further reading.

Qualitative Psychology

by Jonathan A. Smith

Covering all the main qualitative approaches now used in psychology - the Second Edition offers readers a step-by-step guide to carrying out research using each particular method with plenty of pedagogical advice. All chapters are written by international experts - many of them key figures in either the inception or development of their chosen method. Key features of the Second Edition include: - updated and extended chapters - examples of good research studies using each approach - text boxes and further readings

Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo

by Pat Bazeley

`In plain language but with very thorough detail, this book guides the researcher who really wants to use the NVivo software (and use it now) into their project. The way is lit with real-project examples, adorned with tricks and tips, but it's a clear path to a project' - Lyn Richards, Founder and Non-Executive Director, QSR International Doing Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo is essential reading for anyone thinking of using their computer to help analyze qualitative data. With 15 years experience in computer-assisted analysis of qualitative and mixed-mode data, Patricia Bazeley is one of the leaders in the use and teaching of NVivo software. Through this very practical book, readers are guided on how best to make use of the powerful and flexible tools offered by the latest version of NVivo as they work through each stage of their research projects. Explanations draw on examples from her own and others' projects, and are supported by the methodological literature. Researchers have different requirements and come to their data from different perspectives. This book shows how NVivo software can accommodate and assist analysis across those different perspectives and methodological approaches. It is required reading for both students and experienced researchers alike.

Individuality and the Group

by Tom Postmes Jolanda Jetten

Social identity research has transformed psychology and the social sciences. Developed around intergroup relations, perspectives on social identity have now been applied fruitfully to a diverse array of topics and domains, including health, organizations and management, culture, politics and group dynamics. In many of these new areas, the focus has been on groups, but also very much on the autonomous individual. This has been an exciting development, and has prompted a rethinking of the relationship between personal identity and social identity - the issue of individuality in the group. This book brings together an international selection of prominent researchers at the forefront of this development. They reflect on this issue of individuality in the group, and on how thinking about social identity has changed. Together, these chapters chart a key development in the field: how social identity perspectives inform understanding of cohesion, unity and collective action, but also how they help us understand individuality, agency, autonomy, disagreement, and diversity within groups. This text is valuable to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students studying social psychology where intergroup relations and group processes are a central component. Given its wider reach, however, it will also be of interest to those in cognate disciplines where social identity perspectives have application potential.

Organisations and Management in Social Work

by Mark Hughes Michael Wearing

What role does social work play in human service organisations? How do social workers experience and initiate organisational change? How can they engage and negotiate with managers and other professionals? How does a social worker deal with ethical and interpersonal conflicts within organisations? Organisations and Management in Social Work grounds these complex questions in a comprehensive and accessible overview of the organisational context of social work practice. The book demonstrates how effective service delivery is dependent on organisational and managerial activities and procedures, and emphasises the importance of critiquing existing organisational structures. This invaluable book: " critically examines organisational theory, managerial techniques and organisational structures " develops strategies for ethical and reflective organisational practice " promotes an understanding of how to plan and manage change in learning organisations " helps readers understand the nature of social work professionalism, including partnership and teamwork, and the inherent tensions in human service organisations " discusses important themes such as leadership, supervision, risk, decision making, and accountability " explores the potential for increasing service user and worker participation in organisations " includes extended practice examples and reflective questions. Organisations and Management in Social Work will be essential reading for social work students and professionals who wish to better understand the organisational context in which they work. Dr Mark Hughes is a Lecturer and Dr Michael Wearing is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of New South Wales.

Inclusion in the Early Years

by Cathy Nutbrown Peter Clough

In this insightful text, the authors argue for a broad definition of inclusion, not limited to those with learning difficulties or impairment. The book presents a number of original stories generated from a recent research project carried out by the authors, and shows how to apply theory to practice. This new and revised edition includes an increased focus on: -Inclusion as a political issue -Social class -Poverty -Children's rights -The inclusion of gay and lesbian parents and staff -Practical activities including workshops and role-plays -Different policies around the UK This text is essential for all Early Years students, practitioners and researchers who want to become familiar with current research into inclusion and to develop ways of drawing on such studies to inform and develop their own inclusive practices. Cathy Nutbrown is Professor of Education and Director for Research at the University of Sheffield. Peter Clough is Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield Frances Atherton is Head of Department of Early Childhood Studies, at the University of Chester.

Media Studies

by Eoin Devereux

Preface by Professor Denis McQuail Bringing together a range of renowned and newly emerging scholars in the field, this book examines eighteen key issues within contemporary media studies. Written in an accessible student-friendly style, Media Studies - Key Issues and Debates will be an authoritative landmark text for undergraduate students and teachers alike. Each individual chapter begins with a concise definition of the concept(s) under investigation. This is followed by a 5,000 word discussion on the current state of play within research on the specific area. Chapters contain case-studies and illustrative materials from Europe, North America, Australasia and beyond. Each chapter concludes with annotated notes, which guide the student-reader in terms of future study. Contributors include: - Janet McCabe - John Corner - David Croteau and William Hoynes - Natalie Fenton - Jenny Kitzinger - Jeroen de Kloet and Liesbet van Zoonen - Sonia Livingstone - Greg Philo 'The topics covered show a fine awareness of the media's roles in advanced consumer societies, and the book offers students excellent tools with which to critically analyse those roles. . . Eoin Devereux is to be congratulated, and his book should be widely read and used. ' - Media International Australia

Doing Counselling Research

by John Mcleod

Written specifically for trainee and practising counsellors who intend to carry out research and for counsellors who want to use research findings in order to improve their practice, this book is the first practical, all-encompassing introduction to the strategies employed in counselling and psychotherapy research. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to counselling, the book guides the reader through the principles and the practice of undertaking a successful research project, describing how to locate, understand and critique relevant literature and how to gain access to useful research tools. John McLeod illustrates how to design and implement an effective study plan and gives a detailed account of the most useful research strategies, incorporating careful consideration of ethical issues at all stages of the research process. He goes on to discuss the dissemination of research findings and reporting of results. In addition, approaches to designing and carrying out research into the outcomes and processes of counselling are examined in detail. John McLeod stresses that research has a major role to play in developing services that are effective in helping clients. He places a special emphasis on qualitative and case-study approaches and encourages a critical appreciation of other methodological issues. Designed to make research more relevant and accessible, Doing Counselling Research will be an invaluable guide for all counselling and psychotherapy students and practitioners.

for space

by Doreen Massey

In this book, Doreen Massey makes an impassioned argument for revitalising our imagination of space. She takes on some well-established assumptions from philosophy, and some familiar ways of characterising the twenty-first century world, and shows how they restrain our understanding of both the challenge and the potential of space. The way we think about space matters. It inflects our understandings of the world, our attitudes to others, our politics. It affects, for instance, the way we understand globalisation, the way we approach cities, the way we develop, and practice, a sense of place. If time is the dimension of change then space is the dimension of the social: the contemporaneous co-existence of others. That is its challenge, and one that has been persistently evaded. For Space pursues its argument through philosophical and theoretical engagement, and through telling personal and political reflection. Doreen Massey asks questions such as how best to characterise these so-called spatial times, how it is that implicit spatial assumptions inflect our politics, and how we might develop a responsibility for place beyond place. This book is 'for space' in that it argues for a reinvigoration of the spatiality of our implicit cosmologies. For Space is essential reading for anyone interested in space and the spatial turn in the social sciences and humanities. Serious, and sometimes irreverent, it is a compelling manifesto: for re-imagining spaces for these times and facing up to their challenge.

Formations of Modern Social Thought

by Ken Morrison

`This is an excellent introduction to classical social theory. For most students it is the only book on the subject that they will need. The expositions are clear and comprehensive, outlining with almost alarming clarity ideas which many of us have to struggle' - Alan Bryman, The Management Centre, University of Leicester This is a thoroughly revised, expanded version of the best selling student text in classical social theory. The book provides an authoritative, accessible undergraduate guide to the three pivotal figures in the classical tradition. Readable and stimulating, the book explains the key ideas of these thinkers and situates them in their historical and philosophical contexts. The student gains an immediate understanding of what is distinctive and relevant about these giants of sociology. The book includes a glossary with over 150 entries. For a decade, the book has been required reading on undergraduate degree programmes. This new edition, refines the material, extends the analysis and enhances our appreciation. It is a nugget in its field.

Social Networks and Organizations

by Martin Kilduff Wenpin Tsai

`The authors should be congratulated for not only offering an excellent tour de force of cutting-edge work in social network analysis, but also charting some new possible territories for future organizational research' - Environment and Planning Social Networks and Organizations provides a compact introduction to major concepts in the area of organizational social networks. The book covers the rudiments of methods, explores major debates, and directs attention to theoretical directions, including a vigorous critique of some taken-for-granted assumptions. The book is aimed at all of those who seek a lucid and lively treatment of social network approaches to organizational research, with a particular emphasis on the neglected area of interpersonal networks in organizations. In this book, Martin Kilduff and Wenpin Tsai offer new insights to those already familiar with network analysis, and motivate those interested in pursuing network research to embark on journeys of discovery. `This book is extremely timely. It provides a wonderful synthesis of the recently burgeoning literature in the area of organizations and social networks. It should be relevant at once for both the experienced network scholar as well as those entering this growing area' - Ranjay Gulati, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University `Martin Kilduff and Wenpin Tsai have done a marvellous job of not only reviewing and integrating the diverse streams of literatures on social networks, but also of showing the enormous potential of this research approach that still lies untapped. Overall, this book will prove to be an invaluable resource for interested graduate students as well as for established scholars in the field' - Sumantra Ghoshal, Professor of Strategic and International Management, London Business School `Research on social networks is already one of the most vibrant areas of organizational inquiry. How can it possibly become any more so? This book by Kilduff and Tsai opens up many new avenues for network research and theory-building. Whether you're newly-interested in social networks or a veteran of the topic, you will benefit from Kilduff and Tsai's marvellous contribution' - Donald C Hambrick, Smeal College of Business Administration, The Pennsylvania State University

Involving Parents in Their Children's Learning

by Margy Whalley Pen Green Centre Team

`A unique guide for students, practitioners, parents, and administrators of young children who want to understand specific strategies to maximise parent involvement and collaboration' - Education Libraries 'This is an excellent book that draws extensively on the work of a children's centre that has been running for over 25 years' - SENCO Update Involving Parents in their Children's Learning is the story of the pioneering work of the Pen Green Centre for children and families. Showing how early years practitioners can collaborate effectively with parents, the book includes case studies of parents and children who have attended the centre, studies which chart developments in learning for both children and parents. The book will inspire early years practitioners and offer them practical advice on ways of developing effective work with parents. Drawing on their work at the renowned Pen Green Centre, the authors show how to: o support parents as their child's first educator o provide practical and psychological support to parents o involve fathers and male carers o share important child development concepts o support and extend children's learning o reach out to hard-to-reach parents. This New Edition follows up on the stories of people featured in the first edition, showing how they have progressed over the last few years. It also includes new chapters covering the headteacher's role in developing parental involvement programmes, how the Pen Green model has been applied in primary schools, and the use of parental diaries. The book is essential reading for students on early years courses (BA, FdA, B. Ed), as well as practising early years professionals and senior management teams in primary schools.

Introduction to Personality and Intelligence

by Nick Haslam

`The inclusion of the chapter on psychobiography and life narratives is also an innovative inclusion, as this chapter encourages readers to integrate all the previous material into their analysis of famous people, a technique that will without a doubt have students captivated. . . an excellent introductory text' - Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology `There is a wonderful balance and clarity in coverage of complex and contentious issues. Throughout, the tone is amiable...the writing engaging and clear" - Dr Robbie Sutton, University of Kent Nick Haslam's highly-anticipated new text is a thoroughly engaging introduction to the psychology of personality and, crucially, intelligence. Fully tailored to the British Psychological Society's guidelines regarding the teaching of individual differences, Introduction to Personality and Intelligence provides the perfect package for any first or second year undergraduate psychology student taking a course in this fascinating subject. Key features: - coverage of all core topics for a personality course - a whole section devoted to intelligence - includes mental disorders and cognitive approaches - focuses on major theoretical issues - presents a good range of applied theory chapters - packed with pedagogical features including: key concept boxes and a full glossary, illustrative case studies, and annotated further reading The author's writing style, use of pedagogy and incorporation of the latest empirical research findings makes Introduction to Personality and Intelligence an essential textbook for all psychology students on a personality or individual differences course. (The author's website can be accessed here)

Theory and Practice of Leadership

by Roger Gill

Praise for the first edition: 'At last a well-written, balanced and insightful British book on leadership. It is probable that every theory and assertion of consequence is commented upon. A real tour-de-force. ' - Emeritus Professor Gerry Randell, University of Bradford School of Management 'Theory and Practice of Leadership is an all encompassing, global review of examples and case studies that is both comprehensive and easily adaptable to almost any situation one would encounter in leading people. ' - Richard J. Conwell, Nova Southeastern University, Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship If you are looking for a more holistic and critical take on the field of leadership, look no further! The second edition of this engaging and highly-respected text offers an exploration of leadership in a variety of contexts, both profit-orientated and non-profit. New to this edition: * Refined to capture and delineate the essential theories more clearly, with broader coverage taking in the latest developments in areas such as change, politics, assessment and development of leadership, and multiple intelligences. * Further development of a new integrative model of core leadership themes and practices. * Abundant examples and illustrations, together with detailed explanations of how they apply in practice. * A companion website with an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint slides, links to additional case studies and full-text journal articles. Theory and Practice of Leadership will prove a highly-stimulating read for undergraduate and postgraduate students of leadership and related subjects as well as management consultants and practising managers.

Assessment and Learning

by John Gardner

Gardner (education, U. of Stirling, UK) unites UK contributors in education, educational assessment, and science education to examine issues of assessment in primary and secondary education. For this second edition, part 1 now contains four new chapters: assessment for learning in the classroom; professional learning as a condition for assessment; scaling up professional development for formative assessment; and alternative perspectives on learning outcomes. Part 2 looks at the impact of assessment in a variety of contexts, including its impact on learners, with chapters on topics such as socio-cultural tensions in vocational education, and the role of assessment in developing motivation for learning. Parts 3 and 4 cover the theory underlying assessment and issues related to validity and reliability of assessment. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)

Social Work

by Jan Fook

Social Work: A Critical Turn is both an introduction to critical social work and an examination of current theory and practice. This volume features contributions from an international group of scholars who define the main theoretical underpinnings of a critical approach to social work and examine innovative practice methods using this approach. Social Work: A Critical Turn situates critical social work within a theoretical context, comparing it with postmodernist, radical, feminist, anti-racist and structural approaches. It also reviews key issues that require further development in critical social work theory, practice and research.

Developing Language and Literacy with Young Children

by Marian R. Whitehead

`Marian Whitehead forces the reader to attend to the "voice of the child against the encroachment of inappropriate curriculum demands. Her total fascination for children's language development captures the reader in an enthusiastic and informed voyage through "the most exciting and important aspect of human development - language in the early years' - Early Years `This is an excellent read for all parents and workers with young children. The style of the book is friendly and accessible, with beautifully produced of photographs of children and indeed of their own work. Marian Whitehead is not ashamed to draw on her experiences as a grandparent, as well as highly competent theoretical researcher; she does both with competence and humour. This will prove an excellent source book for those involved in course design from childminders to university lecturers' - Child Language Teaching and Therapy `This is an excellent book. It is well organized and deals effectively with the many issues relating to early language and literacy development. The book provides a wealth of practical strategies with the theories and research that underpin them, for developing a learning environment, rich in positive and stimulating language and literacy experiences. It reminds us that children who are struggling with literacy needs more, rather than fewer, of these. This makes it a very useful text for early years practitioners struggling to challenge the imposition of inappropriate practice themselves and the children they work with, in order to `raise standards'. It should be read, not just by them, but everyone involved in primary education' - Nursery World `I particularly like the assertion that "only in a workshop setting can the range, variety, flexibility and full challenge of relevant literacy be ensured". Marian Whitehead stresses that to learn to read, children "need to know that someone who loves them believes in them totally and knows that one day they will be a reader" - Emma Hertzberg, Goldsmiths Association for Early Childhood This accessible book is about the most exciting and important aspect of human development - language in the early years (0 - 8). It is a book for carers, parents, teachers and other professionals who work and play with young children and share in the emergence of their language. It will support early years carers and practitioners by giving them a confident understanding of children's language development in the years from birth to age eight. The book works with the rich mixture of thinking, feeling, imagining, talking, listening, drawing, writing and reading that is typical of all our language activities. The author reasserts the importance of children's relationships and communications with people, who care about them, spend time with them and share in the excitement of their developing languages and their investigations of literacy. This holistic approach covers: - early communication and language - the achievements of young bilinguals - the significance of stories, narrative and language play - the emergence of literacy in homes, early years settings and classrooms.

Criminology

by James Treadwell

'This accessibly written book is truly innovative in combining an introduction to key perspectives and topics in criminology with a very student friendly study guide to the problems of researching and writing in the discipline' - Professor Kevin Stenson, Middlesex University This book offers a timely introduction both to the discipline of criminology and to the practice of studying it as an undergraduate subject. It takes the reader from first principles in Criminology through to some quite complex ideas and debates. It also offers useful advice on how to grapple with the practical realities of studying this subject. It does both of these in a manner which is always accessible and readable. Dr Tony Kearon, Keele University This is a superb text for the [undergraduate] audience intended. The writing is clear, difficult concepts are explained well, criticality is encouraged, the signposting is adequate and exercises are provided to embed learning. An excellent book overall, and one that deserves wide readership. Peter Hamerton Criminology is part of an exciting new series from SAGE. Developed as accessible reference tools, SAGE Course Companions offer an introduction to the subject and encourage students to extend their understanding of key concepts, issues and debates. Criminology is designed to give those new to the study of criminology, criminal justice, and the sociology of deviance a comprehensive overview of the subject matter. It can be used as an introduction to the subject and referred to throughout the degree for tips and revision guidance. Criminology is designed to complement, rather than replace, existing textbooks for the course, and will provide: - Helpful summaries of the course curriculum to aid exam revision and essay planning - Key summaries of the approach taken by the main textbooks on the course - Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course - Help with developing critical thinking - Route-maps to aid the development of wider learning above and beyond the textbook - Pointers to success in course exams and written assessment exercises - A tutor's-eye view of what course examiners are looking for - An insider's view of what key course concepts are really all about SAGE Course Companions are much more than revision guides for undergraduate. They are an essential tool to success in undergraduate courses, enriching the learning experience and developing students' understanding.

Counselling Children

by Kathryn Geldard David Geldard

`This is a book I would not be without and I suggest that all counsellors working with children should have it on their bookshelf - Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties `This book is clearly written and well organized text living up to its claims of being jargon-free. Good practice is stressed throughout, and I found it an easily read, interesting book which should appeal to interested practitioners from a variety of backgrounds. It could easily be described as a working handbook. Making it a useful addition to those considering counselling children'' - The Lecturer `If you only buy one book about counselling children - this is the one to buy. It is thorough, practical and easy to read. The main theoretical model used involves enabling the child to tell her/his story, and there are many practical suggestions about how to do this. The authors suggest ways to use different media and recommend which media are suitable for different ages of children. In addition to providing a framework for working with children, this is a useful handbook to refer to again and again. I highly recommend it'' `This book is straightforward and realistic in its suggested approach to working with children. The format and style make it easy to read and refer to. All sections are clear and enable the practitioner to incorporate the suggestions into a comprehensive approach to working with children and their families. A recommended read'' Amazon Reviews `[Counselling Children] goes on to cover just about all of the approaches the counsellor is going to need in dealing with families and individuals'' - Gerald Haigh, Times Educational Supplement `Counselling Childrenis a comprehensive guide for those interested in working therapeutically with children... the authors have combined clinical insight with a wealth of imaginative ideas, enabling counsellors to provide child-clients with tools to express themselves in their own terms. Its use of an interrogative writing style keeps the reader engaged, while its simplification of complex ideas and clarity of layout and language make it an indispensable reference book'' - Ashley Goff, Counselling Psychology Review Counselling Children, Second Edition is used on a wide range of training courses for those preparing to work with children. It is an excellent source of practical ideas and resources - including over 30 photocopiable worksheets. TO VIEW SAMPLE PHOTOCOPIABLE WORKSHEETS PLEASE CLICK HERE ---------------------------------------------------- Counselling Children is a highly acclaimed, introductory guide to counselling children and to the practical issues of communicating with children in a counselling context. In this, the Second Edition, Kathryn Geldard and David Geldard relate the theory and practice of counselling children in a highly accessible, practical and jargon-free style. Now including two new chapters, Counselling Children: - teaches specific counselling skills for use with children, illustrated with carefully chosen case examples - sets out a new model for counselling children which sequentially integrates ideas from a number of therapeutic approaches - provides advice on how to select and use a range of media, activities and play when counselling children - gives guidance on the benefits and practicalities of combining individual work with children and family therapy - includes worksheets to use when helping children in specific areas such as developing self-esteem and managing emotions. Counselling Children is an invaluable resource for students and professionals in many fields including counselling, social work, psychology, occupational therapy, mental health, nursing and education.

Existential Therapies

by Mick Cooper

`This book achieves what it sets out to do: "to introduce readers to the rich tapestry of existential therapeutic approaches". I found it concise and easy to read, despite the fact that it deals with some fairly complex ideas'' - CounsellingResource. com `One can only applaud the bravery of an author who gently send up Kierkegaard''s wilful obscurantism and cleans out the acrid smoke of Gauloises from the room. With welcome clarity and sanity, Mick Cooper efficiently lays out the concepts, techniques and directions adopted by several key figures in the broad field of existentially informed psychotherapy. In an excellent first chapter, Mick Cooper pointed out my `ontic'' from my `ontological''; and I could see, behind the long-words-with-dashes, the true resonance of these ideas with real human and therapeutic issues, dilemmas and goals'' - Clinical Psychology `This book proves to be a real treasure chest: what you always wanted to know about existential psychotherapy but failed to find anywhere else in such a comprehensive, clear and concise manner. In that sense, this publication provides a missing link. One merit of the book is its systematic structure. As extensive, and in part as heterogeneous as existential philosophy and therapy also maybe, Mick Cooper had nevertheless been able to build convincing clusters with, on the one hand, an enormous understanding of details and, on the other, a far-sightedness that, like a map, provides orientation in the diversity of existential therapy. I really appreciate this publication and can recommend it very strongly'' - Person-Centred and Experiential Psychotherapies `Existential Therapies will I suspect, suddenly make "existentialism" come alive. The author, Mick Cooper loves his subject, it fascinates and enthrals him, and we get to experience some of that, even though the book is "academic". The connections and overlaps with person-centred psychology are there for us to be, but so are the differences'' - Person-Centred Practice `As an overview of a number of different existential therapies the book is extremely welcome and manages in a relatively short space to cover a wide arena. Overall I rate the book highly. To pull together a large and somewhat disparate literature, then make sense of it and finally retains the reader''s interest, is difficult'' - Existential Analysis `Mick Cooper has done an impressive job in writing a much needed, current and user friendly survey of the field of existential therapies. If I were to teach this course, I would use this book. I applaud Mick Cooper for having admirably achieved the aim he set out to achieve. All this makes Mick Cooper''s book a must-read for anyone wishing to explore the topic of existential therapy'' - Society for Laingian Studies Website `What makes this book unique is that all the different strands of Existential philosophy are always clearly linked to practice'' - Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal `This is a very fresh book, not treading well-worn paths and genuinely informing us about a small but important field. This is really an indispensable book for anyone who wants to understand existentialist approaches to therapy'' - Self and Society `This publication marks a milestone providing an excellent, clear and critical overview of the contrasting forms of the approach as it is currently practised'' - Emmy van Deurzen, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, Schiller University, London `This is a book of superb thoroughness and scholarship - an unprecedented guide to existential therapy''s chief positions and controversies'' - Kirk J Schneider, President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, USA `Combines scholarship with a writing style that makes difficult concepts accessible. This book should be required reading on any course where the existential tradition plays a part, and that includes person-centred courses and all sympathetic to the idea that psychotherapy is, in essence, a human encounter where warmth, understanding and a deep respect for the individual are key values'' - Tony Merr...

Circle Time for Emotional Literacy

by Sue Roffey

Emotional literacy has become an important issue in schools, and the ethos behind Circle Time is complementary to the thinking behind this. The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills curriculum (SEBS) is being established in schools, and it is recognised as contributing to a positive and successful school environment. Offering many new ideas and activities to try out in Circle Time, this book covers: - why your school needs Circle Time - how you go about starting Circle Time in your school - the underlying philosophy and basic rules - he role of the teacher as facilitator - how you make it work - what to do if language and attention issues are problematic - how to tackle common problems that can occur The activities look at promoting listening and attention skills, self-awareness and self-esteem, class cohesion and empathy, co-operation and friendship skills.

Research Methods in Psychology

by Glynis M. Breakwell Scan Hammond Chris Fife-Schaw Jonathan A. Smith

`An excellent introduction to Research Methods. In fact it is more than an introduction - it is a sophisticated coverage for a book of this type. I would be more than happy to have my students use this book. and would recommend it to my colleagues. The authors take the topic seriously, and cover the broad range of research methods rather than focusing more narrowly on strict experimental designs. I consider that a real asset because there are many things worth investigating in this world that are not amenable to true experiments' - David C Howell, Professor Emeritus, University of Vermont Covering the key research methods - both qualitative and quantitative - this fully updated Third Edition of the best-selling textbook has been significantly revised and restructured in order to take into account developments in the techniques available to students and researchers in psychology and across the social sciences. A rich diversity of methods is encompassed, with each discussed fairly and robustly by an expert in the field. The book now has extended coverage of qualitative methods, and each of the primary qualitative methods used in psychology today. Since the second edition, some narrower chapters have been pulled together and more niche chapters have been removed - the result is a more teacher-friendly structure. Key features of the Third Edition include: - A new three-section structure, mirroring the three major processes in conducting research: the specification of the research question and design of the research activity; the choice of data gathering method; and the selection of data treatment regime. - Extended heuristic devices - more illustrative case study material, updated examples from current research to illustrate recent developments in methods and techniques, key words in bold at the end of chapters, end of chapter summaries and annotated further reading sections to assist in advanced research - A companion website is available offering a range of features for lecturers on a restricted access basis, and for students more publicly. These will help with exam assessment and written project work. Written in a lively and accessible style, Research Methods in Psychology ensures that progress towards a thorough understanding and skilled use of these various approaches can be achieved in easy stages, and the text is therefore essential reading for all methods courses that draw on the array of research techniques available in psychology.

Values & Ethics in Social Work

by Chris Beckett Andrew Maynard

What are my values? What are the values of others around me? What are the values and ethics of the social work profession? An awareness of our own ethical assumptions, and how these inform our practice, is crucial for the student social worker. The second edition of this bestselling book is now split into two parts. Part 1 considers the foundations of every person's values and provides a background to moral philosophy. Part 2 examines key ethical issues and how they determine practice, such as using power, allocating resources, treating others with respect and celebrating diversity. For the second edition, two new chapters have been added to the book, on: - The political dimension in ethical decision making - Realism as a guiding ethical principle. Written in a uniquely straightforward style, everyday social work practice is the key focus throughout. Every chapter includes interactive exercises and case studies, challenging students to reflect on a range of practical dilemmas. Chris Beckett and Andrew Maynard's book is essential reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate social work students.

Essential Theory for Social Work Practice

by Chris Beckett

`I can say without equivocation this text is without doubt the best book about social work I have read. Chris Beckett explores the purpose, values activities and theories of social work in an ever-changing social context that is clearly identified and examined' - Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool Every day social workers face decisions that will significantly impact others' lives, and it is essential that these practical assessments are supported by a sound understanding of social work theory. In this innovative and highly accessible textbook Chris Beckett explains how an understanding of these theoretical issues can improve the knowledge and skills base of professional practice. Essential Theory for Social Work Practice is an engaging and readable text, with a distinctively realistic and honest approach to the realities of everyday practice. Framed in a comprehensive and logical structure: - Part 1 establishes what social workers do and the tools they need - Part 2 considers how to assess, handle, and support change in others - Part 3 explores the wide range of roles that social workers must fulfil - Part 4 strengthens these links between theory and practice. Exercises, case examples, chapter summaries, and practice notes are used to great effect in each chapter, enabling students to apply theory to practice as they progress through the book. The book is an invaluable core text for all undergraduate social work students, and offers excellent support for practitioners in their every day practice.

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