Qualitative Research in Social Work / Edition 1

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Assembles papers from leading academics and professionals on the subject of the recent trend toward qualitative study, which relies on small sample groups and interview data to best capture the context and complexity of social work practice.
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Editorial Reviews

Quantitative methods have predominated in the testing and development of social work knowledge, but qualitative research--that which produces descriptive data based upon spoken or written words and observable behavior--is gaining a foothold. Contributors present a broad range of qualitative research approaches, some of which have been available in the social science literature but have not been addressed to social work problems, some of which are new to the social sciences as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231080330
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Coming of Age in Social Work - The Emergence of Qualitative Research 1
2 Ethnicity and Poverty as Research Variables: Family Studies with Mexican and Vietnamese Newcomers 21
3 Emic and Etic Perspectives in Ethnographic Research on the Interdisciplinary Team 32
4 Ethnography, Critical Inquiry, and Social Work Practice 42
5 The Administrator as Ethnographer and Cartographer 52
6 Commentary: Ethnography in Social Work 63
7 Science, Not Scientism: The Robustness of Naturalistic Clinical Research 71
8 Heuristic Guidelines for Naturalistic Qualitative Evaluations of Child Treatment 89
9 Hand into Glove: The Grounded Theory Approach and Social Work Practice Research 115
10 Understanding the Process of Social Drift Among the Homeless: A Qualitative Analysis 126
11 Collaboration Between Social Workers and Physicians: An Emerging Typology 135
12 Commentary: Grounded Theory Methods - Applications and Speculations 152
13 The Human Sciences, the Life Story, and Clinical Research 163
14 "Thick Description" Revisited: Family Therapist as Anthropologist-Constructivist 175
15 Life Forces of African-American Elderly Illustrated Through Oral History Narratives 190
16 Commentary: Narrative in Clinical Research 200
17 The Dialogical Analysis of Case Materials 205
18 Discourse Analysis Methods and Clinical Research: A Single Case Study 216
19 Discourse Analysis in the Framework of Change Process Research 228
20 Commentary: Discourse Theory and Analysis 242
21 The Qualitative Case Study and Evaluation: Issues, Methods, and Examples 251
22 Integrating the Data Processing of Qualitative Research and Social Work Practice to Advance the Practitioner as Knowledge Builder: Tools for Knowing and Doing 265
23 Commentary: A Practitioner's Perspective on Qualitative Case Evaluation Methods 279
24 Commentary: Wanted! Social Work Practice Evaluation and Research - All Methods Considered 285
25 A Positive Approach to Qualitative Evaluation and Policy Research in Social Work 293
26 Qualitative Evaluation Methods in the Public Sector: Understanding and Working With Constituency Groups in the Evaluation Process 303
27 Constructivist Evaluation: The Policy/Practice Context 315
28 Commentary: Evaluation in Context: Is There Any Other Way? 328
29 Tidiness in an Untidy World: Research in Child Welfare 337
30 Feminist Research Within a Battered Women's Shelter 347
31 Commentary: Managing the Organizational Context in Qualitative Research 358
32 Paradigm for Research in Context: An Example from Mental Health 365
33 Amplifying the Consumer Voice: Qualitative Methods, Empowerment, and Mental Health Research 381
34 Commentary: Can It Help Us Get There? A View of Qualitative Research in Mental Health in the 1990s 396
35 The Inevitability of Integrated Methods 409
36 Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Clinical Research 423
37 Grounded Theory Meets the Reflective Practitioner: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Administrative Practice 435
38 Commentary: Practitioner-Researcher Perspective on the Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods 445
39 Commentary: The Qualitative/Quantitative Debate: Moving Beyond Acrimony to Meaningful Dialogue 452
40 Setting the Theme: Many Ways of Knowing 459
41 Reframing the Epistemological Debate 464
42 Commentary on Reid's "Reframing the Epistemological Debate" 482
43 Commentary: Epistemological Disagreements and the Search for Understanding 487
Glossary 493
Contributors 499
Author Index 507
Subject Index 517
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