Research in Social Work

ISBN-10: 0231108125

ISBN-13: 9780231108126

Edition: 3rd 1999

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Description: Now in its third edition, completely revised and updated, Research in Social Work remains one of the most popular introductory textbooks on research methods in the field. Distinctive in its emphasis on research as a natural corollary to practice, the book takes readers step-by-step through the process of developing a practical agenda for such projects. Fortune and Reid clearly explain how to formulate questions and hypotheses, conduct group and single-system naturalistic and experimental designs, analyze and compile data, and write research reports. Along the way, they present lucid discussions of the critical theoretical considerations, such as how to gauge reliability and validity, sort out qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and more. Throughout, they furnish specific methodological advice for integrating research agendas into everyday practice. New to the third edition are a complete glossary of terms, additional diagrams, new examples from real-life studies focusing on cultural diversity and oppression, and increased emphasis on themes relevant to practice. Definitions of key concepts set apart in boxes-along with the increased number of illustrations-make this text one of the most readable in its field. And while other books describe methods drawn from related social science fields like sociology and anthropology, Fortune and Reid's is written by and especially for social workers. Research in Social Work is a peerless companion to coursework in basic research methodology and clinical research at all academic levels-indeed, it is one of the few books broad enough in coverage to serve as a primary text for a wide spectrum of classes.

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List price: $65.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 2/11/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 446
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.112
Language: English

Social Work and Research
Understanding the World
The Contribution of the Scientific Approach to Social Work
Generation of Inquiry
Developing a Problem for Research
Considerations for a Useful Research Problem
Formulating Hypotheses and Questions
Explication of the Problem
The Context of Research
The Profession of Social Work
Theory as Framework for Research
The Site of the Research
The Social and Political Context
Protection of Human Subjects
Dimensions of Research Design
The Investigator's Control Over Phenomena Studied
Purposes and Function of Building Knowledge
Methodological Orientation
Establishing Causality
Threats to Internal Validity
Naturalistic Designs
Designs with Exploratory-Descriptive Functions
Designs with Explanatory Functions
Single-System Experiments
The Case Study
The Basic Time Series (AB) Design
Withdrawal Reversal Designs
The Multiple Baseline Design
Generalization (External Validity)
Group Experiments
Uncontrolled Single Group Experiment
Strengthening the Group Design
Equivalent Group Designs
Nonequivalent Group Designs
The Experimental Intervention
Generalization from Group Experiments (External Validity)
Laboratory Experiments: Analog Studies of Intervention Effects
The Nature and Purposes of Sampling
Samples and the Research Question
Basic Types of Samples
Generalization from Probability Samples
Size of Sample
Role of Measurement
Levels of Measurement
Criteria for Evaluating Measurement Procedures
Data Collection
Selecting a Data Collection Method
Bias in Data Collection Methods
Self-Report Methods
Available Data
Quantitative Data Analysis
Quantitative Data
Categorization and Coding
Univariate Analysis
Bivariate Analysis
Inferential Statistics
Multivariate Analysis
Analysis of Time Series Data
Qualitative Research
Modes of Qualitative Research
The Methods of Qualitative Research
Research Procedures in Assessment for Generalist Practice
Needs Assessment
Evaluating Outcome at Different Levels of Practice
Program Levels and Evaluation Designs
Outcome Criteria
From Criteria to Data
Sources and Types of Data
Variation in Outcome Measures
Study of Intervention Characteristics
Data from Practitioner Reports
Data from Clients
Direct and Electronic Observation
Change Process Research
Intervention Analogs
Intervention Design and Development
The Design and Development Paradigm (DandD)
The Library Research Process
Getting Started with the Search Process
Developing the Bibliography
Other Sources
Citing the Works of Others
Accessing Materials
Evaluation of Materials
Guidelines for Preparing Research Reports
Front Matter, Title, Author(s), and Acknowledgments
Presenting a Research Report
Reporting Qualitative Research
Author Index
Subject Index
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