Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research / Edition 2

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Overview

The Second Edition of Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research provides accessible how-to instruction for social work and other practice-based researchers interested in carrying out rigorous and relevant qualitative research. This comprehensive, expanded version offers a sophisticated introduction to qualitative methods based upon six major approaches: ethnography, grounded theory, case study, narrative, phenomenological, and participatory action research. Similar to the earlier edition, this Second Edition is a highly readable introduction to qualitative research that combines attention to methodological rigor with pragmatic concerns for real-world relevance.

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Editorial Reviews

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!
Booknews
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412951937
  • 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
  • Sales rank: 166,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 16.10 (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

PREFACE
1. The Qualitative Methods Family
2. Choosing the Right Approach(es)
3. Getting Started: Study Design and Sampling
4. Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
5. Entering the Field and Conducting Observation
6. Interviewing and Use of Documents
7. Data Analysis and Interpretation
8. Strategies for Rigor
9. Telling the Story: Writing Up the Qualitative Study
10. Mixed Methods
APPENDIX: WRITING A QUALITATIVE METHODS PROPOSAL FOR EXTERNAL FUNDING
REFERENCES
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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