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Research Methods for Social Workers / Edition 6
     

Research Methods for Social Workers / Edition 6

by Bonnie L. Yegidis, Robert W. Weinbach
 

ISBN-10: 0205585582

ISBN-13: 9780205585588

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

This social work research methods text is written in an accessible, reader-friendly style. Its paperback format also makes it less expensive than most competitive texts on the market.

The authors are social workers and educators who understand the realities of social work practice. They have included many examples of how research can be used to inform

Overview

This social work research methods text is written in an accessible, reader-friendly style. Its paperback format also makes it less expensive than most competitive texts on the market.

The authors are social workers and educators who understand the realities of social work practice. They have included many examples of how research can be used to inform social work practice. The text is ideal for a one-semester or quarter research methods course for undergraduate or graduate students who have little or no prior knowledge of research.

The Sixth Edition describes and illustrates the contributions of both quantitative and qualitative research methods to evidence based practice. They are presented as complementary and necessary to an understanding of human behavior and the problems that social workers must address.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205585588
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Series:
Alternative eText Formats Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
351
Product dimensions:
6.97(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with "Summary" and "References."

I. KNOWLEDGE BUILDING FOR SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.

1. How Do We Get Our Knowledge?
Historical Origins of Current Attitudes.
Types of Knowledge.
Where Do We Get Our "Knowledge"?
Characteristics of the Scientific Alternative.
Quantitative and Qualitative Research.
The Traditional Scientific Research Process.
The Environment for Scientific Social Work Research.

2. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research.
Treatment of Research Participants.
Today's Standards for Treatment of Participants.
Other Ethical Obligations of Researchers.

II. BEGINNING THE RESEARCH PROCESS.

3. Research Problems and Questions.
Why We Begin with Research Problems.
Setting Problem Priorities.
Identifying the Real Problem.
Selecting Research Questions.

4. Using Existing Knowledge.
What Is the Review of Literature?
Purpose of the Review of Literature.
Potential Sources of "Literature."
Organizing the Literature Review.
Writing the Report of a Review of Literature.

5. Focused Research Questions and Hypotheses.
Focused Research Questions.
Hypotheses.

III. RESEARCH DESIGN ISSUES.

6. Introduction to Research Design.
What Is a Research Design?
The Purpose of Research Designs.
Broad Research Typologies.
The Knowledge Building Continuum.
Internal Validity and External Validity.
What is the "Best" Research Design?
Characteristics of Good Designs.

7. Qualitative Research Methods.
Interviewing in Qualitative Research.
Some Common Types of Qualitative Research.

8. Quantitative Research Methods.
Secondary Data Analysis.
Structured Observation Methods.
In-Person Interviews in Quantitative Research.
Telephone Interviews.
Data Collection by Mail.

9. Sampling.
Sampling Terminology.
Probability Sampling.
Nonprobability Sampling.
Selecting a Good Sample.
Sampling Distributions and Sampling Error.

10. Measurement Concepts and Issues.
Preparation for Measurement.
Levels of Measurement.
Criteria for Good Measurement.
Cultural Issues in Measurement of Variables.

11. Use of Data Collection Instruments.
Fixed-Alternative and Open-Ended Items.
Indexes and Scales.
When Are Existing Instruments Appropriate for Use?
Use of Revised Instruments.
Constructing New Instruments.
Use of Self Administered Instruments.

12. Analyzing Data and Disseminating Findings.
The Data in Perspective.
Preparing for Statistical Analysis of Data.
Statistical Analysis of Research Data: An Overview.
Interpreting and Reporting the Results of Statistical Analysis.
Disseminating Research Knowledge.

IV. RESEARCH TO EVALUATE PRACTICE EFFECTIVENESS.

13. Evaluating Program Effectiveness.
What Is Program Evaluation?
What is the Appropriate Design for a Program Evaluation?
Other Types of Evaluation Research.
Who Should Conduct Evaluative Research?
The Political Context of Program Evaluation.
Reports of Program Evaluations.

14. Evaluating Individual Practice Effectiveness.
Characteristics of a Single System Research.
Conducting Single System Research.
Design Alternatives.
Strengths and Weaknesses of Single System Research.

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