Research Methods for Social Workers / Edition 2

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How do social workers build their knowledge of current research? What are the ethical obligation of the social work researcher? In order to understand the realities of social work practice, one must begin with the basics of research. This book is ideal for readers with little or no prior knowledge of research. It provides readable, practice-specific examples, providing a simple, step-by-step presentation of concepts and a clear delineation of topics throughout. This classic book has been updated to reflect new developments in social work practice. The balanced perspective provided by both male and female authors has been retained from prior editions, and a new co-author has added content in many areas, including cultural diversity. New and experienced social workers.

Textbook prepares readers to consume, design & implement research & to evaluate practice effectiveness.

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A text for a one-semester or one-quarter course on research methods in social work, for undergraduate or graduate level. Prepares readers to become critical consumers of research literature, to begin to design and implement research, and to evaluate practice effectiveness. Coverage encompasses knowledge building for social work practice, starting the research process, research design issues, and research to evaluate practice effectiveness. This third edition features new material on both qualitative and quantitative methods. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205157662
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Knowledge-Building for Social Work Practice 1
1 How Do We Get Our Knowledge? 3
2 Ethical Issues in Social Work Research 25
Pt. II Beginning the Research Process 45
3 Research Problems and Questions 47
4 Using Existing Knowledge 61
5 Focused Research Questions and Hypotheses 79
Pt. III Research Design Issues 97
6 Introduction to Research Design 99
7 Qualitative Research Methods 127
8 Quantitative Research Methods 149
9 Sampling 173
10 Measurement Concepts and Issues 193
11 Use of Data Collection Instruments 209
12 Analyzing Data and Disseminating Findings 227
Pt. IV Research to Evaluate Practice Effectiveness 247
13 Evaluating Program Effectiveness 249
14 Evaluating Individual Practice Effectiveness 269
Postscript 293
Additional Readings in Research Methods 295
Index 301
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