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Essential Research Methods for Social Work

Essential Research Methods for Social Work - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0495006589

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Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2007
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Essential Research Methods for Social Work - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0495006589

Allen Rubin and Earl R. Babbie

ISBN13: 978-0495006589
ISBN10: 0495006580
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 07
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

This briefer version of Rubin and Babbie's Research Methods for Social Work, 5th edition, provides students with a research methods text that is more concise in its treatment of technical research content-yet still offers the social work specific illustrations, applications throughout, and constant focus on the utility of social work research in social work practice.

Benefits:

  • This briefer version of Rubin and Babbie's Research Methods for Social Work text, provides essential research methods content with clear, and accurate coverage in a reader-friendly writing style.
  • Each chapter includes outlines, introductions, boxes, chapter endings with main points, review questions and exercises, and internet exercises.
  • The book-specific website provides students with tutorial quizzes and links to additional related websites.
  • Social work specific illustrations and examples throughout provide students with examples of how they can apply research to practice.
  • Chapter 1, The Utility of Research in Social Work, introduces the students to the utility of research in evidence-based practice.
  • Chapter 2, covers scientific inquiry and highlights some common flaws in unscientific sources of social work practice knowledge, such as overgeneralization, ego involvement in understanding, etc.
  • The text offers a balanced presentation of quantitative and qualitative research methods, showing how these two methods can complement one another.
  • A matrix located on the book endpapers provides students with easy access to information on both qualitative and quantitative approaches including their respective advantages and limitations.
  • The authors focus on applications to social work practice, including material on culturally competent research.
  • Appendices A and B provide students with tools on writing research proposals and reports.
  • Content on using the library is incorporated into chapter 6 on reviewing literature.

Table of Contents

Part I. AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN SOCIAL WORK.

1. The Utility of Research in Social Work.
2. How do Social Workers Know things.
3. Factors Influencing the Research Process.
4. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research.
5. Culturally Competent Research.

Part II. PROBLEM FORMULATION AND MEASUREMENT.

6. Reviewing Literature and Developing Research Questions.
7. Conceptualization in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry.
8 Measurement in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry.
9. Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Instruments.

Part III. SURVEYS AND SAMPLING.

10. Surveys.
11. Sampling: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.

Part IV. DESIGNS FOR EVALUATING PROGRAMS AND PRACTICE.

12. Group Designs for Evaluation Programs and Practice.
13. Program Evaluation.
14. Single Case Evaluation Designs.

Part V. ADDITIONAL QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS.

15. Additional Methods in Qualitative Inquiry.
16. Analyzing Available Records: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.

Part VI. DATA ANALYSIS.

17. Quantitative Data Analysis.
18. Qualitative Data Analysis.

Appendices.

A. Writing Research Proposals.
B. Writing Social Work Research Reports.
C. Table of Random Numbers.

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