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Overview

Get accurate information on social work concepts—anytime, anyplace!

The Social Work Student's Research Handbook keeps the information you need on essential classroom concepts and principles right at your fingertips. Practical and easy to use, this comprehensive handbook provides instant access to the nuts and bolts of social work research. The handbook is a perfect resource to help students integrate research into projects, theses, and dissertations, and to help practitioners refresh, review, and organize their professional processes.

The Social Work Student's Research Handbook is a complement to the dense and heavy research books available that cover a lot of material—and have the pages to prove it! It helps you sort through the narrative, details, and examples to get straight to the heart of each issue when it counts. It provides the tools you need to get through the learning process and is an essential aid for reference use with professional literature; for selecting a problem for social work study; identifying a design type; developing or selecting an instrument; developing a sampling strategy; collecting and analyzing data; and organizing, writing, disseminating, and utilizing results.

The Social Work Student's Research Handbook includes concise, usable information on:

  • problem formulation
  • working from questions or hypothesis
  • assumptions
  • design options (exploratory, descriptive, experimental)
  • evaluations (practice, program)
  • data analysis (qualitative, quantitative)
  • and much more.
In addition, each chapter ends with a summary of major points to remember and a self-test exercise. The Social Work Student's Research Handbook is an invaluable resource for MSW students as they apply what they’ve learned in research courses toward original research projects. It’s equally handy for social work practitioners and research instructors.
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What People Are Saying

Margaret M. Wright
The publication of this handbook is A GIFT TO SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS AND THEIR INSTRUCTORS. The book is so CLEAR, COMPREHENSIVE, AND WELL-WRITTEN that it will appeal to students attempting to cope with 'research anxiety' and to instructors trying to de-escalate that anxiety. It ADDRESSES THE ISSUES OF CONCERN TO STUDENTS UP FRONT AND WITH ENGAGING CLARITY USING RELEVANT, PRACTICAL EXAMPLES. Dr. Steinberg demystifies the practice of research and encourages students to see research as a collaborative, curiosity-driven process. The book moves logically through question formulation, research design, and research methodologies in a simple but not simplistic fashion that engages the reader and conveys all of the necessary information.
MSW, DASW, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work and Family Studies, University of British Columbia
Gary Lounsberry
EXCELLENT. . . . INVALUABLE for quick reference while designing and reviewing research products. . . . A USEFUL REFERENCE TOOL, NOT ONLY FOR STUDENTS, but for practitioners who may be occasional or 'rusty' researchers. I believe that the chapters on design options and the definitions of statistical tests will be continually referenced as students operationalize their research projects, practitioners design evaluative studies, and grant writers develop proposals. I also predict that students will use this handbook to clarify the more involved discussions of design and statistics contained in many texts.
PhD, MPH, LCSW, Associate Professor, Division of Social Work, Florida Gulf Coast University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789014818
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,468,346
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

Chapter 1. Problem Formulation: What to Study
Key Concepts
Selecting a Study Topic
Now What?
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 2. Using the Literature
Key Concepts
Introduction

Part 1: The Search

Part 2: Writing the Review
Major Points to Remember
Exercises

Chapter 3. Working from Questions or Hypotheses
Key Concepts
Introduction
Hypotheses and Questions
The Notion of Proof
Null Hypothesis
Is Question-Driven Research Real Research?
Major Points to Remember
Exercises

Chapter 4. Variables
Key Concepts
Introduction
Defining Variables
Measuring Variables
Major Points to Remember
Exercises

Chapter 5. Assumptions
Key Concepts
Introduction
Types of Assumptions
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 6. Design Options
Key Concepts
Introduction
From Purpose to Design
Constructive Combinations
Connections Give Direction
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 7. Exploratory Design
Key Concepts
Introduction
When to Use It
Three Common Approaches
Overview of Method
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 8. Descriptive Design
Key Concepts
Introduction
When to Use It
Overview of Method
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 9. Experimental Design
Key Concepts
Introduction
When to Use It
Concepts Basic to This Design
Overview of Method
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 10. Correlational Design
Key Concepts
Introduction
When to Use It
Correlation
Four Common Approaches
Overview of Method
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 11. Plausible Alternative Explanations
Key Concepts
Introduction
How Do They Fit In?
How Big a Worry Are They?
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 12. Practice Evaluation
Key Concepts
Introduction
When to Use It
Overview of Method
A Few Variations
Analysis
Choosing the System
Issues to Consider
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 13. Program Evaluation
Key Concepts
Introduction
Applying Design Types to Program Evaluation
Overview of Method
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 14. Working Toward Reliability and Validity
Key Concepts
Introduction
A Balancing Act: Purpose and Trade-Offs
Working Toward Reliability: The Rubber Ruler Pitfall
Working Toward Validity: Reaching the Heart of the Matter
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 15. Sampling
Key Concepts
Introduction
Going to the Source
Probability Samples: Forms and Methods
Nonprobability Samples: Forms and Methods
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 16. Data Collection
Key Concepts
Introduction
Observation
Interview
Questionnaire
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 17. Data Analysis: An Overview
Key Concepts
Introduction
Qualitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data Analysis
The Great Debate: Qualitative versus Quantitative
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 18. Qualitative Data Analysis: Making Sense of Words
Key Concepts
Introduction
Issues to Consider
Carrying Out the Analysis
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 19. Quantitative Data Analysis: Making Sense of Descriptive
Statistics
Key Concepts
Introduction
Common Ways to Organize Descriptive Stats
Three Rules of Thumb
What Else Is Described?
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 20. Quantitative Data Analysis: Making Sense of Inferential
Statistics
Key Concepts
Introduction
How to Use Inferential Statistics
Three Related Laws of Probability
The Testing Process
Directionality
In a Nutshell
Significance Testing: Possibilities for Error
Statistical Significance versus Meaning
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 21. Tests of Statistical Significance
Key Concepts
Introduction
Choosing a Test
Common Tests of Group Difference
Common Tests of Association
Degrees of Freedom
Multivariate Analysis
Major Points to Remember
Exercise

Chapter 22. Wrapping It Up

Index
References

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