Research in Social Work / Edition 3

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Distinctive in its emphasis on research as a natural corollary to practice, the book takes readers step-by-step through the process of developing a practical agenda for such projects. Fortune and Reid clearly explain how to formulate questions and hypotheses conduct group and single-system naturalistic and experimental designs, analyze and compile data, and write research reports. Along the way, they present lucid discussions of the critical theoretical considerations, such as how to gauge reliability and validity and perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Throughout, they furnish specific methodological advice for integrating research agendas into everyday practice. Research in Social Work is a peerless companion to coursework in basic research methodology and clinical research at all academic levels - indeed, it is one of the few books broad enough in coverage to serve as a primary text for a wide spectrum of classes.
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Emphasizing research as a natural corollary to practice, sets out the steps for developing a practical agenda for such projects. Explains how to formulate questions and hypotheses, conduct group and single- system naturalistic and experimental designs, analyze and compile data, and write research reports. Revised from the 1989 edition with a glossary, additional diagrams, and new examples focusing on cultural diversity and oppression. Suitable for undergraduate students of social work. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231108126
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/1999
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne E. Fortune is professor of Social Welfare and director of the undergraduate program at the State University of New York, Albany.

William J. Reid is distinguished professor in the School of Social Welfare and director of the Ph.D. program at the State University of New York, Albany.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

PrefaceSocial Work and ResearchGeneration of InquiryThe Social Context of ResearchDimensions of Research DesignNaturalistic DesignsSingle-System ExperimentsGroup ExperimentsSamplingMeasurementData CollectionQuantitative Data AnalysisQualitative ResearchAssessmentEvaluating Outcome at Different Levels of PracticeStudy of Intervention CharacteristicsIntervention Design and DevelopmentAppendix 1. The Library Research ProcessAppendix 2. Guidelines for Preparing a Research Report

Columbia University Press

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