Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research / Edition 2

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Written in an engaging and informative style, Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research invites readers to embark on a journey of discovery to explore new forms of inquiry, including participant observation, intensive interviewing, and the use of documents and archival materials. This new text provides a practical "how-to" approach to learning qualitative methods tailored to the needs of social work students as well as established researchers who want to expand their knowledge of qualitative methodologies. Beginning with a description of the social science origins of the diverse family of qualitative methods, the author takes the reader through the basic stages of qualitative inquiry: choosing a topic and designing the study, entering the field of sampling, data collection, data management and analysis, and writing up the study. Strategies to enhance the rigor of a qualitative study and approaches to multimethod evaluation research are discussed as well. The book contains a number of features to enhance the practice of qualitative methods, including classroom and field exercises, a list of computer software programs for qualitative data analysis, and a recommended reading list of monographs by noted qualitative researchers. Special attention is given to the needs and concerns of the social work researcher, including a discussion of important distinctions between qualitative research and social work practice, the importance of researcher/respondent difference in ethnicity, gender, age, social class, and ethical issues associated with carrying out qualitative research methods. The epilogue offers suggestions for enhancing the inclusion of qualitative methods in social work researcheducation. Though intended for social work students and researchers, this text is also useful for a wide audience of clinicians and professionals interested in the qualitative alternative to research.
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Editorial Reviews

After explaining the origins of, reasons for using, and myths about qualitative research methods, Padgett (social work, New York U.) discusses "the researcher as instrument," practical considerations in getting started, ethical issues, methodological matters (including strategies for enhancing rigor), research combining qualitative and quantitative methods, and challenges at the individual and schools of social work levels. Appendices contain information on computer software for data analysis, and guidelines for writing a qualitative research proposal. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Donna S. Wang
This book is a must for any social worker interested in qualitative research. With a style that it is exceptionally easy to read, it provides all the basics around theory, the practical "how-to's", cautions/pitfalls and as well as plentiful examples to illustrate the concepts presented. It also provides information about additional readings and resources for an area you want to delve further. It will answer many, if not all, the questions you have about qualitative research. The book will make you excited about qualitative methods, and is so interesting and enjoyable to read, that I read it cover to cover in less than a week. I could barely put it down! There aren't a whole lot of other research books that can make that claim!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951920
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services Series , #36
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah K. Padgett is a professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and is currently Director of the Masters in Global Public Health program at NYU. She received her doctorate in anthropology and completed post-doctoral training programs in public health and psychiatric epidemiology at Columbia University and Duke University. Dr. Padgett has published extensively on the health/mental health needs and service use of underserved ethnic groups, women, and the homeless. She is author of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, Second Edition (2008), co-author of Program Evaluation, Fifth Edition (2009), and editor of Handbook of Ethnicity, Aging and Mental Health (1995). She has previously served as President of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Researcher as Instrument 18
3 Getting Started: Choosing a Topic and Designing the Study 25
4 Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research 33
5 Entering the Field and Sampling Strategies 45
6 Data Collection 55
7 Data Management and Analysis 72
8 Rigor and Relevance in Qualitative Research 88
9 Telling the Story: Writing Up the Qualitative Study 104
10 Multimethod Research: The Synergy of Combining 126
Epilogue. Qualitative Methods in Social Work Education: Toward Developing an Infrastructure 141
App. A Computer Software for Qualitative Data Analysis 150
App. B Guidelines for Writing a Qualitative Research Proposal 152
References 154
Index 169
About the Author 178
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