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The Fifth Edition of Research Methods for Social Workers includes new information on needs assessment, how quantitative and qualitative methods can be used together, more coverage of ethical issues throughout the text and an updated literature review section.

Highlights of the Fifth Edition:

• Revised material on program evaluation, including content on the use of needs assessments in existing programs, and on how quantitative and qualitative methods can be used together to produce more accurate data.
• Evaluation of research practice is discussed alongside research data in order to help build a professional base of knowledge.
• Special emphasis of ethical issues appears in the discussions of program evaluations and single system research.
• Added content is included on various methods of evaluating individual practice effectiveness.
• An up-to-date literature review section reflects changes such as Internet searches and discusses the different uses of the literature review in qualitative and quantitative studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205408184
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/17/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Toward evidence-based practice 3
2 Ethical issues in research 31
3 Research problems and questions 55
4 Finding and using existing knowledge 71
5 Focused research questions and research hypotheses 89
6 Definitions and general characteristics 109
7 Common methods for acquiring research data 139
8 Other ways to describe research 165
9 Sampling issues and options 191
10 Measurement concepts and issues 211
11 Data collection instruments 231
12 Analyzing data and disseminating findings 253
13 Evaluating programs 279
14 Evaluating individual practice effectiveness 305
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