The journey to becoming a qualitative social work researcher: seven mile-markers

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This paper deals with the meaningful relationships between qualitative research and social work. It seeks to explore seven mile-markers through which one can develop the identity of a qualitative social worker. These steps are: listen to the story, become your own teacher, be systematic, remember the context, make a change, find a friend, and take care. Each step is conceptualized and explained using key theories and concepts in social work and qualitative research. They are further exemplified through the examination of the author’s experience in both the qualitative and social work fields in the context of child sexual abuse. The article aims to provide social workers and qualitative researchers with tools that will help them improve and empower their professional and research skills, and to clarify and achieve the connection between the two realms.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Work Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Qualitative research methods
  • reflective experience
  • reflective journey
  • social work education
  • social work practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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