Importance of Research in Social Work Practice: A Pilot Study From Turkey

Erbay E.

JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SERVICE RESEARCH, vol.43, no.3, pp.395-403, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier


It is highly important that social work practice be guided by scientific research and the resultant practices introduced to the literature. Social work research in Turkey is carried out by social work academics and practitioners. This dual position they occupy has not been thoroughly investigated in recent years; therefore, the aim of this research was to scrutinize the relationship social workers take when completing research in Turkey. Within the scope of this research, data were collected by conducting an online survey of 365 social workers. Results of the study show that 45.8% of the social workers have conducted research before. Nonetheless, 93.7% of the social work practitioners do feel the need to carry out scientific research in order to shape their professional practices. Considering these results, future research should concentrate on social work practitioners' problems taking into account their dual position as both the producer and consumer of the research.