Social work, like many other practice-based professions, has historically been concerned about the discontinuity between practice and research. This discontinuity is frequently reduced to a debate between qualitative and quantitative methodology, placing the profession in a dilemma and further alienating practitioners. This article describes a qualitative data collection and analysis process as it was in a large-scale study exploring issues of family development. The use of open-ended story telling and ethnographic content analysis are recommended for use in practice and in practice-based research. Adoption practice and chemical dependency settings are presented as examples.
Harold; Palmiter, Margaret L.; Lynch, Susan A.; and Freedman-Doan, Carol R.
"Life Stories: A Practice-Based Research Technique,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 22
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol22/iss2/3