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Overview

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: 9780205585588
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Series: Alternative eText Formats Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie L. Yegidis, Ph. D., MSW Bonnie Yegidis is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She teaches in the research methods and social work practice sequences in the School, and has conducted research on family violence, cross-cultural issues in social work practice, and evidence based social work practice. Dr. Yegidis earned her MSW degree from West Virginia University and her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Measurement and Evaluation, from the University of South Florida. She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including Social Worker of the Year from the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Distinguished Alum Award from West Virginia University.

Robert W. Weinbach, Ph.D., MSW. Bob Weinbach is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he continues to teach graduate level research courses in the College of Social Work. He is also the first author of Statistics for Social Workers, Eighth Edition; The Social Worker as Manager, Sixth Edition; and is the author of Evaluating Social Work Services and Programs (all published by Allyn & Bacon), as well as over 75 other publications and invited book chapters. He earned graduate degrees in social work from SUNY-Buffalo and Ohio State University and has worked in both medical and psychiatric social work practice and as a program evaluator.

Laura L. Myers, Ph.D., M.S.W. Laura Myers is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL. Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and completed her coursework and Master’s thesis in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Southern Mississippi. After several years of computer consulting for accounting firms, she returned to school to complete her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Georgia. Laura lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Dr. Bruce Thyer, and their four children, John, William, Joseph, and Cynthia. Laura is interested in research, scholarly writing, human diversity and social discrimination, eating disorders, and social work and spirituality.

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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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