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Practicing Social Work Research: Case Studies for Learning

Overview

Research is as critical to social work practice as individual and group counseling skills, policy analysis, or community development. Using an approach similar to those adopted in direct practice courses, this book integrates research with social work practice and in so doing, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the research process to social work students.

Sixteen case studies adapted from actual events and case files illustrate different research approaches, ...

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Overview

Research is as critical to social work practice as individual and group counseling skills, policy analysis, or community development. Using an approach similar to those adopted in direct practice courses, this book integrates research with social work practice and in so doing, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the research process to social work students.

Sixteen case studies adapted from actual events and case files illustrate different research approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, single subject, and mixed methods. Through these real-life examples, the authors demonstrate the processes of conceptualization, operationalization, sampling, data collection and processing, and implementation. Designed to help the student and practitioner become more comfortable with the research process, Practising Social Work Research uses a student-centered approach that capitalizes on the strengths that social work students bring to assessment and problem solving.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442642096
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Csiernik is a professor in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

Rachel Birnbaum is an associate professor in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

Barbara Decker Pierce is an associate professor and Director in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

1 Introduction

The Case Study Method 3

The Research Process 9

2 Problem Solving: Brief Case Studies

Introduction: Steps in the Process of Research 17

Case Studies

1 Research and the Media: What Are You Being Told? 20

2 A Question of Ethics: Willowbrook 32

3 Another Question of Ethics: Studying HIV 41

4 Understanding Ideas and Counting Them 52

5 Implementing a Pilot Project: A Question of Sampling 61

6 Who Do You Ask? Sampling in a Qualitative Context 73

7 Criminal Justice Issues in Social Work Research: The Search for Causality 79

8 Psychometric Properties: How Should We Measure? 91

9 The Validity of Research 103

10 The Application of Quasi-Experimental Design in Social Work Research 115

11 The Power of One: Single-Case Study Design 123

12 One More: Another Example of Single-Case Study Design 135

13 Asking Questions Properly: An Examination of Questionnaire Design 142

14 Asking Questions in Child Advocacy: Which Approach is Best for Children? 169

15 Q & Q: Employing Both a Qualitative and a Quantitative Approach 180

16 On PAR: Engaging and Empowering Clients through Participatory Action Research 187

17 Measuring Client Satisfaction: Do They Like Me? 205

3 Critiquing Research

Introduction 215

Critical Analysis of Quantitative Research 217

Critical Analysis of Qualitative Research 219

1 A Qualitative Design. Surviving the Tornado: Psychiatric Survivor Experiences of Getting, Losing, and Keeping Housing Katherine Turner Turner, Katherine 222

Critique 234

2 A Quantitative Design. An Examination of Two Different Approaches to Visitation-Based Disputes in Child Custody Matters Rachel Birnbaum Birnbaum, Rachel 237

Critique 262

Index 270

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