Presenting the methods of social science research within the context of human service practice, the Fifth Edition of APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH is ideal for courses emphasizing applied research in human services, sociology, social work, criminal justice, counseling, and community planning. In this revised edition, the authors show research and human service practice as allies bound by common goals of advancing knowledge and creating a better world. Covering the full range of topics included in traditional social science research methods courses, the book devotes considerable attention to both qualitative and quantitative research methods.Used at the undergraduate and graduate levels, this popular text explores the growing diversity of ways in which research is applied to practice and the extensive links between research and practice.
Research in Practice Illustrations. Computers in Research. 1. Research in the Human Services. 2. The Logic of Social Research. 3. Ethical Issues in Social Research. 4. Issues in Problem Formulation. 5. The Process of Measurement. 6. Sampling. 7. Survey Research. 8. Analysis of Available Data. 9. Field Research and Qualitative Methods. 10. Experimental Research. 11. Single-Subject Designs. 12. Evaluation Research. 13. Scaling. 14. Data Analysis I: Data Preparation and Presentation. 15. Data Analysis II: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics. 16. Data Analysis III: Analysis of Qualitative Data. 17. Writing for Research: Grant Proposals and Report Writing. Appendixes: A. A Guide to the Library. B. Generating Random Numbers. C. Professional Codes of Ethics. D. Research in Practice: The World Wide Web Connection.