Research Methods for Social Workers / Edition 5

Research Methods for Social Workers / Edition 5

by Bonnie L. Yegidis, Robert W. Weinbach, Robert W. Weinbach, Robert W. Weinbach
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205408184

ISBN-13: 9780205408184

Pub. Date: 06/17/2005

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

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,

Overview

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:
06/17/2005
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with “Summary,” “For Discussion,” and “References.”

Preface.

 

About the Authors.

 

I. RESEARCH AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE.

 

1. Towards Evidence-Based Practice.

Historical Antecedents.

Research and Practice — More Similar than Different.

Alternative Knowledge Sources.

Other Problems with Alternative Knowledge Sources.

The Scientific Alternative.

Types of Knowledge.

Basic and Applied Research.

Quantitative and Qualitative Research.

The Traditional Scientific Research Process.

The Environment for Scientific Social Work Research.

 

2. Ethical Issues in Research.

Treatment of Research Participants.

Other Ethical Obligations of Researchers.

 

II. THE PLANNING STAGES.

 

3. Research Problems and Questions.

Why We Begin with Research Problems.

Selecting Research Questions.

 

4. Finding and Using Existing Knowledge.

What Is the Review of Literature?

Purpose of the Review of Literature.

Potential Sources.

Other, More “Questionable” Sources.

Organizing the Product.

Writing the Report.

 

5. Focused Research Questions and Research Hypotheses.

Focused Research Questions.

Research Hypotheses.

 

III. RESEARCH DESIGNS.

 

6. Definitions and General Characteristics.

 WhatIs a Research Design?

Design Nomenclature.

Cross-Sectional, Pretest­—Post-test, or Longitudinal

Exploratory, Explanatory, or Explanatory

What is a “Good” Research Design?

 

 7. Common Methods for Acquiring Research Data.

 Secondary Data Analysis.

Original Data Sources.

 

8. Other Ways to Describe Research.

 The Survey.

The Case Study.

Grounded Theory.

Content Analysis.

Historical Research.

Ethnographic Research.

Cross-Cultural Research.

Feminist Research.

Meta-Analysis.

  

9. Sampling Issues and Concerns.

Terminology.

Probability Sampling.

Non-probability Sampling.

Selecting a Good Sample.

 

10. Measurement Concepts and Issues.

What Is Measurement?

Preparation for Measurement.

Levels of Measurement.

Criteria for Good Measurement.

Cultural Issues in Measurement.

 

11. Data Collection Instruments.

Fixed-Alternative and Open-Ended Items.

Composite Indexes and Scales.

Using Existing Instruments.

Revising Existing Instruments.

Constructing New Instruments.

Use of Self Administered Instruments.

 

12. Analyzing Data and Disseminating Findings.

The Data in Perspective.

Preparing for Data Analysis.

Data Analysis: An Overview.

Interpreting and Reporting the Results.

Disseminating the Results.

 

IV. EVALUATION RESEARCH.

 

13. Evaluating Programs.

Use of Logic Models.

Program Evaluation as Applied Research.

Types of Program Evaluations.

Determining the Appropriate Design.

Who Conducts Program Evaluations?

Participating in Program Evaluations: Concerns and Issues.

Other Ethical Issues.

Reports of Program Evaluations.

 

14. Evaluating Individual Practice Effectiveness.

Before Single System Research.

Single System Research.

Ethical issues.

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