Qualitative Research in Social Workby Anne E. Fortune
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, the integration of qualitative and
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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, the 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 tackling 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.
"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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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 (with her late husband William J. Reid) of Research in Social Work. She is past editor of The Journal of Social Work Education and current editor of Social Work Research. Willliam 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. He authored or coauthored fourteen books and more than 120 articles and chapters in books and journals. Robert L. Miller Jr. 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. He has authored several articles on African American gay men, HIV/AIDS, and spirituality. From 2007 to 2010, he was a visiting professor at The Addis Ababa University and Barhir Dar University in Ethiopia, teaching qualitative methods. He was a guest editor for the Journal of HIV/AIDS in Social Work, examining HIV disease in eastern and southern Africa.
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