Master research methods with ESSENTIAL RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK! Reader-friendly and clear, this social work book provides you with the tools you need to understand essential research methods content. Illustrations and examples throughout show you how you can apply research to practice. Studying is made easy with a book-specific website that includes tutorial quizzes and links to additional related concepts. Outlines, introductions, boxes, chapter endings with main points, review questions and exercises, and Internet exercises provide you with the information and practice you need to conduct research methods in social work.
After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Allen Rubin served as a researcher for the Council on Social Work Education before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1979, where he remains as the Bert Kruger Smith Centennial Professor. Renowned in social work, Dr. Rubin has published numerous research studies on social work practice and is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.
Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestseller, THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH (Cengage).
Part I. AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN SOCIAL WORK. 1. Why Study Research? 2. Evidence-Based Practice. 3. Factors Influencing the Research Process. Part II. PROBLEM FORMULATION AND MEASUREMENT. 4. Reviewing Literature and Developing Research Questions 5. Conceptualization in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry. 6. Measurement in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry. 7. Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Instruments. Part III. SAMPLING AND SURVEYS. 8. Surveys. 9. Sampling: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. Part IV. DESIGNS FOR EVALUATING PROGRAMS AND PRACTICE. 10. Experiments and Quasi-Experiments. 11. Single-case Evaluation Designs. 12. Program Evaluation. Part V. ADDITIONAL QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS. 13. Additional Methods in Qualitative Inquiry. 14. Analyzing Available Records: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Part VI: ETHICAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH. 15. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research. 16. Culturally Competent Research. Part VII. DATA ANALYSIS. 17. Quantitative Data Analysis. 18. Qualitative Data Analysis. Appendices: A. Writing Research Proposals. B. Writing Social Work Research Reports. C. Table of Random Numbers.