The Practice of Research in Social Work / Edition 3

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Overview

Designed to help students develop skills in evaluating research and conducting studies, the Third Edition of the popular text, The Practice of Research in Social Work, by Rafael J. Engel and Russell K. Schutt, makes principles of evidence-based practice come alive through illustrations of actual social work research. It introduces students to the study of research in social work and to the contributions made to our understanding of what is effective social work practice. Additionally, the Third Edition is designed to directly and indirectly help students achieve the six core competencies identified by CSWE as essential to competency-based education, including research (2.1.6), ethical principles (2.1.2), critical thinking (2.1.3), engage diversity (2.1.4), advance human rights (2.1.5), and evaluation (2.1.10(d)).

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Editorial Reviews

Edward Cohen
"The co-authors bring expertise from social work and sociology, fields that share an interest in the "science" of the social sciences along with attention to real-world problems and solutions. The thirteen concise chapters are thoughtfully structured [and] the text provides a comprehensive overview of social sciences research with numerous examples from social work. A main strength of the book is the clarity with which the authors present complex topics."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452225463
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 504
  • Sales rank: 103,283
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Rafael J. Engel, Ph D, is Associate Professor University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). He received his Ph D (1988) from the University of Wisconsin, his MSW (1979) from the University of Michigan, and his BA (1978) from the University of Pennsylvania. He coordinates the graduate certificate program in aging and is the Principal Investigator for the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education. He has written Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Russell Schutt) and Measuring Race and Ethnicity (with Larry E. Davis). He is a member of the editorial board of Race and Social Problems. He has authored journal articles about poverty in later life, welfare benefits, and depressive symptomatology, and he has written a variety of monographs reporting agency-based evaluations. His most recent research addresses older adults and responsible gambling.

Russell K. Schutt, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Lecturer on Sociology in the Department of Psychiatry (Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center) at the Harvard Medical School. He completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (1977) degrees at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977–1979). He has authored and co-authored texts on research methods with Sage Publications and other books on social service issues, including Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press, 2011). His recent journal articles and funded research have focused on the organization and effects of innovative public health and social service programs.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1. Science, Society, and Social Work Research
2. The Process and Problems of Social Work Research
3. Ethical and Scientific Guidelines for Social Work Research
4. Measurement
5. Sampling
6. Causation and Research Design
7. Group Experimental Designs
8. Single-Subject Design
9. Survey Research
10. Qualitative Methods: Observing, Participating, Listening
11. Qualitative Data Analysis
12. Mixing and Comparing Methods and Studies
13. Evaluation Research
14. Quantitative Data Analysis
15. Reporting Research
Appendix A: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix B: How to Read a Research Article
Appendix C: Table of Random Numbers
On the Study Site: Appendix D. Finding Information
On the Study Site: Appendix E. Reviewing Inferential Statistics
Glossary
References
Index
About the Authors

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