Reflections on a process model for international research collaboration in social work

L. Engelbrecht, Gary Spolander, Linda Martin, M. Strydom, F. Adaikalam, P. Marjanen, I. Pervova, A. Sicora, P. Tani

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Abstract

This article seeks to reflect on knowledge and experiences gained from an International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES). Challenges and opportunities inherent in the development and management of a large-scale international research project in social work are explored. Through a synthesis of conceptual frameworks a process model for international research collaboration is constructed based chiefly on the stages of group development, a conceptual framework for cross-national research, an interdisciplinary teamwork process and collaborative knowledge building. The five stages of the process model, namely forming, norming, storming, performing and adjourning and associated steps are connected by a practice of reflexivity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-451
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume59
Issue number4
Early online date24 Jul 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016

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Keywords

  • Collaborative knowledge building
  • conceptual framework
  • interdisciplinary teamwork
  • international social work research
  • process model
  • reflexivity

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    Engelbrecht, L., Spolander, G., Martin, L., Strydom, M., Adaikalam, F., Marjanen, P., ... Tani, P. (2016). Reflections on a process model for international research collaboration in social work. International Social Work, 59(4), 438-451. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872814531305