Crossing the divide between theory and practice: research and an ethic of care

Ward, Elizabeth and Gahagan, B. (2010) Crossing the divide between theory and practice: research and an ethic of care Ethics and Social Welfare, 4 (2). pp. 210-216. ISSN 1749-6535

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This paper explores the application of ethic of care principles to reseasrch practice. It reflects on a research partnership between a voluntary sector organisation (VSO) for older people and a university research cetnre (URC). The focus is a participatory research project on older people and well-being in which older volunteers were involved as co-researchers. The shared values of the VSO's culture of practice and the participatory approach of the university researchers have enabled joint research projects to be developed within an ethic of care framework. The model sought to break down the barriers between expert and lay knowledge and encouraged the mutual recognition, sharing and validating of different areas of expertise. An ethic of care framework offers context specific ways of understanding and responding both to the ethical challenges of undertaking participatory research, and to the relational aspects of well-being identified by older people during the course of the work.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older People; participatory research; ethic of care; person-centered practice; well-being
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
L000 Social Sciences > L400 Social Policy
L000 Social Sciences > L500 Social Work
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17496535.2010.484264
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science > Health and Social Policy Research Centre
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2010 09:58
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2015 11:04

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