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Building Basic Competencies in Social Work Research An Experiential Approach

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ISBN-10: 0205193579

ISBN-13: 9780205193578

Edition: 1997

Authors: Reginald O. York

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This book takes a unique approach to learning social work research methods, it covers all of the topics mandated by the CSWE, using a skill-building and hands-on approach. The authors intention is to turn students into “active learners” who practice various aspects of social work research, from conducting a literature review to developing methodology, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions, as they go through the material. Provides a “hands-on” approach that encourages active learning by having students learn a concept or principle and then put it into practice. Includes all CSWE-mandated research methods topics. Glossaries of terms at the ends of most chapters help students learn new…    
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List price: $121.80
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 374
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Preface
The Developmental Framework
An Emphasis upon the Entire Process of Research
An Emphasis upon the Purposes of Research
The Principles of Adult Learning
Organization of this Book
Introduction
Objectives
The Nature of Social Work Research
The Purposes of Social Work Research
The Process of Social Work Research
An Examination of a Few Basic Principles
Social Research Entails a Process of Discovery, Not Justification
Don''t Re-invent the Wheel
Don''t Get the Cart Before the Horse!
Two Heads are Better Than One
Some Things Happen Just by Chance
Conclusions
Applying the Basic Principles: Does the Full Moon Make People Act Different?
An Example for Class Discussion—Service Options for the Abused Wife
Assignment 1-C
Preliminary Task: Responding to the Survey
Phase 1: Problem Formulation
Phase 2: Study Methodology
Phase 3: Examining the Study Results
Phase 4: Conclusions
Summary
References
Understanding Social Work Research
Understanding Descriptive Research: Are the Clients of a Family Service Agency Satisfied with Their Service?
Objectives
The Research Process and the Spirit of Scientific Inquiry
Descriptive Research as One of The Four Major Purposes of Social Work Research
The Major Phases of the Research Process as Applied to Descriptive Research
Problem Formulation for Our Study
Developing a Knowledge Base
Assignment 2-B
Defining and Measuring Variables
Defining the Variables for Our Study
Measuring the Variables for Our Study
Choosing a Sample for This Study
Data Analysis for Our Study
Table 2.1: Extent to Which Respondents Felt Treated with Respect by the Entire Staff
Table 2.2: Extent to Which Clients Were Helped to Achieve Their Goals
Table 2.3: Extent to Which Counseling Aided Clients in Maintaining Satisfactory Life Since the Counseling Ended
Drawing Conclusions
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 2
Understanding Explanatory Research: Does Gender Explain Social Work Salaries When Position Level is Controlled?
Objectives
The Research Process and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry
Theory and Observation in Research
The Research Process as Applied to Explanatory Research
Problem Formulation for Our Study
Exhibit 3.1: A Brief Literature Review on Salary Discrimination
Methodology for Our Study
The Research Questions
Developing the Study Hypothesis
Defining and Measuring Our Study Variables
Identifying Our Study Population and Sample
Determining How to Collect Data
Exhibit 3.2: Questionnaire Given to NASW Members in One State
Analyzing Data for Our Study
Describing the Study Sample
Examining the Study Questions
Figure 3.1: Mean 1986 Salaries of NASW Members in N.C.
Table 3.1: Gender and Position Level Among NASW Members in N.C.
Figure 3.2: Mean Salaries by Gender and Position
Drawing Conclusions for Our Study
References
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 3
Understanding Evaluative Research: Is Therapy Effective in Reducing Depression?
Objectives
An Overview of the Evaluative Research Process
Phase 1: Problem Formulation
Phase 2: Developing the Research Methodology
Phase 3: Analyzing Data
Phase 4: Drawing Conclusions
Analyzing the Effectiveness of the New Hope Treatment Center in the Reduction of Depression for a Group of Clients
Phase 1: Problem Formulation for Our Research Study
Phase 2: Developing the Research Methodology for Our Study
Phase 3: Analyzing Data
Phase 4: Drawing Conclusions
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 4
Understanding Exploratory Research: An Examination of Stress Among Social Work Students
Objectives
An Overview of Qualitative Research Methods
What Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches Have in Common
Modes of Gathering Information in Qualitative Research
The Interview in Qualitative Research
The Semi-structured Interview
The Phases of the Interview Process
A Study of Stress Among Social Work Students
Exhibit 5.1: A Literature Review on Stress
Study Results and Conclusions
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 5
Using Social Work Research
Using Descriptive Research: An Examination of the Social Work Program of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Hospital
Objectives
Special Issues in Using Descriptive Research
Problem Formulation in Descriptive Research
Research Methodology in Descriptive Research
Data Analysis in Descriptive Research
A Descriptive Study of the Clients of the Social Work Program of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Memorial Hospital
Problem Formulation for Our Descriptive Study
Methodology for Our Descriptive Study
Analyzing Data for Our Descriptive Study
Drawing Conclusions for Our Descriptive Study
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 6
Using Explanatory Research: Is Rural and Urban Social Work Practice Different?
Objectives
A Review of Some Issues in Explanatory Research
Problem Formulation for Our Study of Rural and Urban Social Work Practice
The Introduction
The Literature Review
Developing Our Study Methodology
Defining and Measuring Our Study Variables
Determining Whether to Use Qualitative Means of Measurement
Determining How to Collect Data
Instrumentation
Assessing the Reliability and Validity of Our Measurement Devices
Developing the Study Hypothesis
Sampling
Analyzing Study Results
Sample Description
Examining Empirical Relationships
Do Rural and Urban Social Workers Perceive Their Communities Differently?
Should Rurality Be Conceptualized as a Continuum?
Is the Practice of Rural and Urban Social Workers Different?
Drawing Conclusions
Glossary of Concepts Introduced in Chapter 7
Using Evaluative Research: Is the SOAR Program Effective in Rehabilitating Sexual Offenders?
An Overview of Evaluative Research
Phase 1: Problem Formulation
Exhibit 8.1: A Brief Literature Review on Sexual Crimes and the Treatment of Offenders &#82