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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 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.
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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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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 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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