Utilities and Application of Action Research in Korean Social Welfare Research

사회복지학에서의 실행연구(Action research) 적용과 유용성

  • Received : 2009.06.03
  • Accepted : 2009.07.20
  • Published : 2009.08.31

Abstract

This paper attempts to explain the effect and application of action research in Korean social welfare research and discusses utilities of action research in the broadening and deepening social welfare body of knowledge within Korea. First, this paper examines the concepts, characteristics, and relevant literatures of action research. Second, this paper attempts to explain the effect, meanings, and application of action research in Korean social welfare research with examples from study on development of user involvement manuals for the disabled residential facilities for the first time in Korea. Third, this paper discusses utilities of action research in broadening and deepening social welfare knowledge body in Korea. In discussing the utilities, this paper maintains that action research can be more properly utilized for research methods to decrease the gab of research and social work practice. Finally, this paper highlights that 'many ways of knowing' exist in social science and it should be considered more sincerely in the arena of Korean social welfare research in order to more solidly develop the knowledge body of social welfare and practice in Korea.

Keywords

action research;social welfare research;user involvement