Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services / Edition 2

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Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates a range of research techniques into a single epistemological framework and presents a balanced approach to the teaching of research methods in the "helping professions." Jeane W. Anastas begins with a discussion of the different philosophical perspectives within which social research occurs and continues with problem formulation, research design, and methodological issues influencing data collection, analysis, and dissemination. She presents both fixed (quantitative) and flexible (qualitative) methods of research, granting legitimacy, value, utility, and relevance to both styles of inquiry.

Utilizing complete case studies to illustrate different methodological approaches, Research Design for Social Work and the Human Services integrates material on women and people of color, and draws attention to the ways racism, heterosexism, sexism, and classism affect the conceptualization and conduct of research. Anastas not only exposes these biases but actively addresses the experiences, needs, and concerns of clients of both genders and different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultures, and classes.

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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Saari
Social work research educators will find this book to be ideal as a text. It is written in a clear and straightforward manner yet is comprehensive, covering the research process from problem-formulation to writing the report. It covers a range of designs and provides complete research reports as examples. In addition, it provides material on women and people of color, ethics and bias in research....This is truly a significant accomplishment.
Barbara W. White
A research text which is a timely adjunct to the national focus on research enhancement for the profession and professional education....extremely readable. The critical attention given to content on women and people of color makes this text particularly cogent for study of our practice issues and current controversies. The excitement conveyed about research will please both students and instructors. This is a well-written, unique text that demonstrates the necessity of effective research methods for the practice of social work.
Ann Hartman
The volume presents a comprehensive, detailed, and readable overview of the research process from the examination of basic assumptions to the final report. It will be welcomed by teachers, practitioners, and students of research.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231118903
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/21/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeane W. Anastas is professor and associate dean at the Ehrenkranz School of Social Work, New York University.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionOne: Research Design in Context1. The Nature of Science in the Helping Professions2. The Problem FormulationTwo: Types of Research Designs3. Flexible Method Research

Exemplar4. Flexible Methods: Case Study Design

Exemplar5. Fixed Methods: Descriptive Research

Exemplar6. Fixed Methods: Relational and Longitudinal Research

Exemplar7. Fixed Methods: Experimental Research

Exemplar8. Single-Subject Designs

ExemplarThree: The Elements of Research Design9. Research Ethics for the Helping Professions10. Who Will be Studied: Sampling11. Basic Issues in Data CollectionFour: Methods of Data Collection12. Observation13. Interviewing14. Questionnaire Design15. Selecting an Existing MeasureFive: Methods of Data Analysis and Dissemination16. The Content Analysis of Narrative Data17. Descriptive Statistics18. Principles of Inferential Statistics19. Computer-Assisted Data Analysis

James W. Drisko, DSW20. Writing About ResearchGlossaryReferences

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