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Research interests

My research interests include the notion of ‘knowing’ in social work, something which is informed by philosophical questions related to reality and what we can, or claim, to know about it. Understanding and what constitutes (a version of) reality are common themes that run through my work and I’ve explored this in relation to the role that emotion plays in influencing practice and the need to tolerate not knowing.  Within my work I’m keen to discuss and promote social work ethics and values – something which has led to social justice becoming a stronger theme in what I write about.  

Linked to the above, I’ve found much inspiration in Anderson’s ‘Reality Isn’t What It Used To Be’ (1990) and like to keep references to Searle’s work on social ontology close to hand – I’m also a big fan of Adam Curtis’s documentary ‘HyperNormalisation’ (2016).  In terms of value perspectives, I think Brookfield’s (2009) conception of critical reflection and Hoggett et al’s (2013) thoughts on fairness and resentment are brilliant.

In addition to these areas, I’m interested in practice education and, linked to ‘knowing’ in social work, I’m keen to explore how student social workers and qualified practitioners make decisions in practice and what provokes them to do this in a more deliberate way – again looking at how our emotions shape what we do and how we do it, together with ideas about evidence informed practice and practice based evidence.

I’m also involved in a really exciting project, Young Men Matter, led by our department head, Cath Holmström, working with other members of the Social Work team and colleagues from Psychology and Education. Find out more here: 

https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/news-and-events/news/2018/10-15-how-can-we-improve-the-lives-of-brighton-and-hoves-young-men.aspx

 

Approach to teaching

Background:

I am a registered Social Worker and qualified Practice Educator with experience of children and families social work, having previously worked for Brighton and Hove City Council.  I joined the School of Applied Social Science as a part-time lecturer in 2011 and took up a full-time position in 2013 – I gained Fellowship status of what is now Advance HE in 2014.  Before completing my social work training I worked in the NHS as a Research Assistant in Sexual Health and as a Service Development Officer in Intermediate Care.

Given that my experiences of being a Practice Educator and my enthusiasm for children and families work led me into teaching, these practice experiences continue to influence my interest and approach to both teaching and research.

 

How I like to teach:

I like to draw on conceptual ideas from three main areas - critical theory, systemic thinking and relationship-based practice.  I feel that the combination of these fits well with social work as a largely applied subject and that they offer a level of challenge and depth that enables student development in a way which provokes reflection and curiosity.  Within my teaching I frequently draw on the work of Elieen Munro, Gillian Ruch and Stephen Webb (especially Stephen’s book ‘Social Work in a Risk Society’) who are some of those who have inspired me over the years.    

During teaching sessions I provoke and encourage students to work together to solve practice dilemmas, to question themselves and others and to think in ways that may be new to them.  I see it as us learning together and really enjoy what students bring from their own experiences - I also look forward to visiting my tutees when they're out on placement, something which helps me to maintain a connection to pracitce.

Education/Academic qualification

Master

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Research Output 2006 2019

Doing Knowing Ethically – Where Social Work Values Meet Critical Realism

Dore, I., 26 Mar 2019, In : Ethics and Social Welfare. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

realism
social work
value-orientation
knowledge transfer
knowledge production

Talking about emotion: how are conversations about emotion enabled in the context of social work practice education?

Dore, I., 31 Mar 2019, In : Social Work Education. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

social work
conversation
emotion
education
student

Social work on the edge: not knowing, singularity and acceptance

Dore, I., 20 Apr 2018, In : European Journal of Social Work. p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
social work
acceptance
emancipation
social worker
Values

Shape-shifter and agenda setter: the influence of emotion in social work practice and practice education

Dore, I., 24 Feb 2016, In : Social Work Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
social work
emotion
education
reductionism
currency

Applying evidence in practice: isn't that straight-forward?

Dore, I., 1 Jan 2015, Evidence discovery and assessment in social work practice. Pack, M. & Cargill, J. (eds.). Hershey PA, USA, p. 65-81 17 p. (Advances in human services and public health (AHSPH) book series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

aptitude
evidence
social worker
contact
decision making

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Consultancy

Young Men Matter

Cath Holmstrom (Consultant), mark Price (Consultant), Sarah Wilkins (Consultant), Ian Dore (Consultant), Paul Teverson (Consultant)
1 Dec 201731 Aug 2019

Activity: Consultancy