Qualitative Research in Social Work

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In this volume, progressive experts survey recent trends in qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to better represent the context and complexity of social work practice. Chapters address different approaches to qualitative inquiry, applications to essential areas of research and practice, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, and epistemological issues.

This second edition brings even greater depth and relevance to social work ...

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Overview

In this volume, progressive experts survey recent trends in qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to better represent the context and complexity of social work practice. Chapters address different approaches to qualitative inquiry, applications to essential areas of research and practice, integration of qualitative and quantitative methods, and epistemological issues.

This second edition brings even greater depth and relevance to social work qualitative research, including new material that tackles traditional research concerns, such as data quality, ethics, and epistemological stances, and updated techniques in data collection and analysis. To increase the usefulness for students and researchers, the editors have reorganized the text to present basic principles first and then their applications, and they have increased their focus on ethics, values, and theory. New and revised illustrative studies highlight more than ever the connection between effective research and improved social functioning among individuals and groups. The collection continues to feature scholars and practitioners who have shaped the social work research practice canon for more than twenty years, while also adding the innovative work of up-and-coming talent.

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Editorial Reviews

Deborah Gioia

This edition continues with an emphasis on qualitative program evaluation and ends with some exemplary studies in strong practice domains in our field.

From the Publisher

Praise for the first edition:

"A book filled with provocative ideas that will set the course for challenging pure quantitative research. The editors have collected in a convenient location the major players in an alternative research paradigm that will stretch the imagination." -- Martin Bloom, University of Connecticut

"A great leap forward from the debate of ideologues to a dialogue examining the role of qualitative approaches, in tandem with quantitative ones, to social work research. Of particular significance are several articles showing the use of qualitative methods in the study of social work topics and the application of these methods to types of practice settings and client populations." -- Ludwig Geismar, Rutgers University

"A landmark book in the important debate about the direction social work research should take in the future. A balanced, fair, and scholarly but very readable analysis of the strengths and limitations of quantitative versus qualitative approaches." -- Katherine M. Wood, Rutgers University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231161381
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne E. Fortune is professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the editor of Task-Centered Practice with Families and Groups, coeditor of Social Work Practice Research for the Twenty-first Century, and coauthor of Research in Social Work. She is past editor of The Journal of Social Work Education and of Social Work Research.

William J. Reid (1928--2003) was a professor at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York, and founding editor of the National Association of Social Workers Press journal Social Work Research. He received the NASW Presidential Award for Excellence in Research and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.

Robert L. Miller is an associate professor at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, State University of New York. He explores the intersection of social work and public health, focusing on health disparities and structural inequalities related to health outcomes among African Americans.

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Table of Contents

Preface Part I The Big Picture 1. Standards for Qualitative Studies and Reports James W. Drisko2. Ethics in Qualitative ResearchFrederick Reamer3. Deconstructing the Epistemological Question with a Focus on the KnowerRobert L. Miller Jr.Part II. Approaches to Qualitative Research 4. Constructivist Research in Social Work James W. Drisko5. Grounded Theory Jane F. Gilgun 6. Ethnography Roberta G. Sands 7. Analysis of Personal Narratives Catherine Kohler Reissman8. "We have a situation here!": Using Situation Analysis for Health and Social Research Lesley Green Rennis9. Action Research: An Intervention for Change Shirley J. Jones Part III: Methods of Data Collection and Analysis10. Qualitative Interviewing Judy L. Postmus11. Focus Groups Raymie Wayne12. Qualitative Data Analysis Software: An Overview and New PossibilitiesPart IV: Qualitative Program Evaluation13 Qualitative Program Evaluation: Overview14. Program Evaluation: Departures15. The Application of Qualitative Research to Organizational Decision-MakingPart V: Generating New Knowledge for Social Work16. Coping with the Dual Demands of Psychiatric Disability and Parenting: The Parents' Perspective17. Assessing Young Children's Perceptions of Family Relationships: Theory and Applications of the Narrative Story-Stem Technique Tim Page18. Parenting and Child Neglect among Families in Urban Poverty: A Qualitative Approach19. Doing the Best You Can? The Relationship between Caseworker and Parent: A Case Study20. Scholarships and Support Available to Foster Youth: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Service Delivery21. Collaboration between Social Workers and Physicians: Development and Application of a TypologyAppendix

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