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Overview

This introductory manual offers practical advice to students and researchers in social work on how to use qualitative research methods, as and when they are most useful and appropriate. The author introduces and then dispels commonly held misconceptions about qualitative methods, discusses the origins and basic components of methods and presents a four-phase approach to conducting a study, including: formulating the problem, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data and writing the report. The book concludes with a discussion of the challenges and rewards of using qualitative methods.
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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: 9780761902010
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: SAGE Sourcebooks for the Human Services Series , #36
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.47 (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

Introduction
The Researcher as Instrument
Getting Started
Choosing a Topic and Designing the Study
Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
Entering the Field and Sampling Strategies
Data Collection
Data Management and Analysis
Rigor and Relevance in Qualitative Research
Telling the Story
Writing Up the Qualitative Study
Multimethod Research
The Synergy of Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Epilogue
Qualitative Methods in Social Work Education: Toward Developing an Infrastructure
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