Learning in Finnish Social Work Practice and Research

Anniina Tirronen, Tony Kinder, Jari Stenvall

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Accepting Bartlett’s vision of social work’s evolution resulting from action research, the article argues that in Finland, extensive action research is occurring, and this is resulting in service innovations. However, little of this research is published in academic journals and has only limited dissemination. Drawing on data from new interviews with experienced social workers in the City of Tampere, Finland, the article details the nature and extent of action research by social workers. A new framework with which to analyse action research from the logic-of-practice is used to show not only how extensive the action research is, but also how readily situated action research can be analysed from a broader perspective, making dissemination easier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2760–2781
Number of pages22
Issue number7
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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