The Field Research Survival Guide [NOOK Book]

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This collection of field research narratives from veteran social and behavioral science researchers acknowledges the unpredictability of managing a project and candidly illustrates real-world problems and solutions. Unlike standard research methods texts, each chapter in this book has practical import for the researcher, ties together extant literature, and illustrates the issues with concrete examples from the authors' own experience. Chapters cover scenarios such as creating an interdisciplinary research team, ...
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Overview

This collection of field research narratives from veteran social and behavioral science researchers acknowledges the unpredictability of managing a project and candidly illustrates real-world problems and solutions. Unlike standard research methods texts, each chapter in this book has practical import for the researcher, ties together extant literature, and illustrates the issues with concrete examples from the authors' own experience. Chapters cover scenarios such as creating an interdisciplinary research team, hiring and training research staff and interviewers, developing the instrument, preparing data for analysis, navigating the IRB and ethical dilemmas, maintaining cultural sensitivity, evaluating the intervention, and disseminating results.
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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book describes the experiences of seasoned behavioral science and social researchers in the area of field research.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide examples of issues related to field research from the researcher's perspective. This is a useful goal as it allows new researchers the opportunity to possibly avoid these issues in their research projects.
Audience: "The target audience includes new and experienced researchers desiring to learn form experienced researchers. The authors recommend this book for doctoral research courses. Each chapter is authored by recognized leaders in the difference aspects of field research. "
Features: This book goes through the steps of the research process from developing the research question to the dissemination of the results. Experienced researchers discuss their experiences at the various steps of the research process and provide realistic recommendations to deal with these issues.
Assessment: While research books normally provide the theoretical foundations of research, this book allows readers to experience the realities of research. It should be useful as a supplementary text for research classes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199724147
  • Publisher: NetLibrary, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/3/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 279
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Arlene Rubin Stiffman, PhD, is a Senior Scholar and the Barbara A. Bailey Professor of Social Work, Emeritus, at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis.

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Table of Contents

1 Balancing science and services : the challenges and rewards of field research Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood Hoagwood, Kimberly Eaton Sarah McCue Horwitz Horwitz, Sarah McCue 3

2 Developing questions when the perfect instrument is not available Sarah McCue Horwitz Horwitz, Sarah McCue Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood Hoagwood, Kimberly Eaton 23

3 Hiring, training, and retaining research staff and interviewers Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold Arnold, Elizabeth Mayfield Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane 38

4 Managing the data from survey development through archiving Peter Dore Dore, Peter Arlene Rubin Stiffman Stiffman, Arlene Rubin 59

5 Data preparation and data standards : the devil is in the details Catherine M. Smith Smith, Catherine M. Carolyn Breda Breda, Carolyn Tonya Simmons Simmons, Tonya Ana Regina Vides de Andrade de Andrade, Ana Regina Vides Leonard Bickman Bickman, Leonard 82

6 Cultural sensitivity and cultural disparities : ethical dilemmas, legal issues, and IRB requirements Arlene Rubin Stiffman Stiffman, Arlene Rubin 104

7 Creating interdisciplinary research teams and using consultants John Landsverk Landsverk, John 127

8 "Indigenist" collaborative research efforts in Native American communities Karina L. Walters Walters, Karina L. Antony Stately Stately, Antony Teresa Evans-Campbell Evans-Campbell, Teresa Jane M. Simoni Simoni, Jane M. Bonnie Duran Duran, Bonnie Katie Schultz Schultz, Katie Erin C. Stanley Stanley, Erin C. Chris Charles Charles, Chris Deborah Guerrero Guerrero, Deborah 146

9 The worse of al possible program evaluation outcomes Leonard Bickman Bickman, Leonard Michele Athay Athay, Michele 174

10 The influence of research on policyand practice : lessons from studies of asset building and low-income families Michael Sherraden Sherraden, Michael Trina Williams Shanks Shanks, Trina Williams 205

11 Disseminating results and sharing data and publications Matthew Owen Howard Howard, Matthew Owen Michael G. Vaughn Vaughn, Michael G. 234

Index 257

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