The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods / Edition 2

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This volume is the definitive resource for anyone doing research in social work. It details both quantitative and qualitative methods and data collection, as well as suggesting the methods appropriate to particular types of studies. It also covers issues such as ethics, gender and ethnicity, and offers advice on how to write up and present your research.\

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Provides social work professionals, educators, researchers, and students with an overview of research tools relevant to the field. Explains foundations of both quantitative and qualitative methods and conceptual research, and discusses general issues such as ethics, gender, grantwriting, and dissemination of findings. Sections on approaches include chapters on methods and chapters detailing specific types of studies such as surveys, needs assessments, narrative case studies, and participant observation. Thyer teaches social work and psychology at the University of Georgia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958394
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 654
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Thyer is currently a Professor and former Dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University. Dr. Thyer spent the years 1987 - 2002 with the University of Georgia, where he earned the rank of Distinguished Research Professor. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 2012 he was elected to the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Thyer is the founder and current editor of one of social work's premier journals, RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, and is the author of over 250 articles, 80 chapters and he had authored or edited over 25 professional books. His research interests involve the promotion of evidence-based practice, evaluation research, applied behavior analysis, and social work theory.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Social Work Research - Bruce A Thyer
Overview of Quantitative Research Methods - Phyllis Solomon and Jeffrey Draine
Probability and Sampling - William R Nugent
Reliability and Validity in Quantitative Measurement - Catheleen Jordan and Richard A Hoefer
Locating Instruments - Kevin Corcoran
Statistics for Social Workers - J T Stocks
Descriptive Studies - Barbara Thomlison
Surveys - Carol T Mowbray and Mieko Yoshihama
Needs Assessment - Leslie M Tutty and Michael A Rothery
Randomized Controlled Trials - Ram A Cnaan and Guy Enosh
Using Cost, Procedure, Process and Outcome Analysis - Brian T Yates, Peter J Delany and Dorothy Lockwood Dillard
Single Systems Designs - Bruce A Thyer
An Overview of Qualitative Methods - Michael J Holosko
Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research - Cynthia Franklin and Michelle Ballan
Narrative Case Studies - Jerrold R Brandell and Theodore Varkas
In-Depth Interviews - Harriet Goodmand
Ethnographic Research Methods - Christine T Lowery
Participant Observation - R Kevin Gringsby
Grounded Theory and Other Inductive Research Methods - Jane F Gilgun
Theory Development - Francis J Turner
Historical Research - John R Graham and Alean Al-Krenawi
Literature Reviews - Karen Sowers, Rodney A Ellis and Nancy Meyer-Adams
Critical Analysis - William M Epstein
Ethical Issues - Frederic G Reamer
Gender, Ethnicity and Race Matters - Antoinette Y Rodgers-Farmer and Miriam Potocky-Tripodi
Comparative International Research - Elaine T Jurkowski and Martin B Tracy
Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods - Charles D Cowger and Goutham Menon
Applying for Research Grants - Scott Geron and Gail S Steketee
Disseminating Research Findings - Dianne F Harrison and C Aaron Mc Neece

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