Primer for Critiquing Social Research A Student Guide

ISBN-10: 0495007749

ISBN-13: 9780495007746

Edition: 2006 (Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.)

Authors: Michael John Holosko

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Critique social research with ease with PRIMER FOR CRITIQUING SOCIAL RESEARCH: A STUDENT GUIDE! In a simple, hands-on manner, this text helps you develop the analytical tools and critical thinking skills you need to successfully critique social research. Critiquing is made easy with a book-specific website which offers frequently asked questions, an evaluation template, and other information about the text and its use.
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List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/4/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 96
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Michael J. Holosko, Ph.D., M.S.W., is the Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare at The University of Georgia, School of Social Work, and adjunct instructor at Norfolk State University. He has taught across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in schools of social work,nursing, public administration, and applied social science in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has published extensively in the areas of evaluation, health care, gerontology, social policy, research, music intervention, and spirituality. For the past 30 years, he has been a consultant to a variety of large and small health and human service organizations andhas published numerous monographs, chapters, articles, and texts in the areas of evaluation, health care, gerontology, social policy, research, music intervention, and spirituality. He serves on the editorial boards of Research on Social Work Practice, Journal of Health and Social Policy, Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment, Hong Kong Journal of Social Work, Journal of Social Service Research, and Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice.

About the Author
Introduction to a Primer for Critiquing Social Research: A Student Guide
Assumptions About the Text
Layout of the Text
Science or Not? Research or Not? Science and Research
Is It Research?
Non-Research Studies
Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research
Philosophical Perspective
Logical Orientation
Theory Use and Generation
Researcher's Role
Problem Specification
Writing Clarity, Title, Author's Affiliation, Abstract, and References
Writing Clarity
Author's Affiliation
The Three Main Content Areas of the Quantitative Research Article: Introduction, Method, and Results
Introduction: Review of the Literature and Study Purpose
Review of the Literature
Study Purpose
Latent Purposes
Implied Purpose or the Purpose Behind the Purpose
Method: Sample Selection, Study Design, Data Collection Procedures, and Materials
The Overall Method
Sample Selection
Study Design
Major Classification Type
Design Objectives
Design Parameters
How Many Groups Are There?
Data Collection Procedures
Instruments of Study
The Results: The Findings, Discussion, and Implications
Data About the Sample (n)
Qualitative Social Research
Distinguishing Qualitative Methods from Qualitative Techniques
Main Purposes of Qualitative Research
Entering The Field
How to Collect QL Data
Unfolding Assumptions/Questions Arising
QL Research Methods
Qualitative Research Techniques
Critiquing Methods and Techniques Together
QL Data to Categories to Themes
Checking the Rigor of QL Research by Using the 3 Rs
Concluding Remarks
Critiquing a Social Research Study
APA Resources & Suggested Readings
Additional APA Resources
Suggested Additional Readings on Using Computer Software in QL Research
List of Figures
Sections and Subsections of a Social Research Study
The Relationship Between Science, Research, Social Research, and Social Work Research
Minimal Scientific Tenets of All Research Studies
Basic Elements of All Research Studies
Typical Types of Non-Research Studies in Social and Behavioral Research Journals
Elements Related to Clarity of Research Writing
Features of an Appropriate Research Title
Elements of Well-Written Abstracts
The Relationship Between the Introduction, Method and Results
Critiquing the Literature Review
Types of Study Purposes Typically Used by Social Researchers
Critiquing the Sample Selection
Critiquing the First Set of Study Design Elements
Design Objectives of Quantitative Research Studies
The Four Main Design Parameters
Main Types of Research Groups
Data Collection Procedures
Critiquing the Materials Used and Instruments of Study
Critiquing the Study's Tables, Graphs, or Charts
Critiquing the Statistical Data and Tests Used
Critiquing the Sample (n) Data
Critiquing the Discussion
Critiquing the Limitations of the Research Study
Types of Knowledge Derived from Social Research Studies
A List of Potential Individuals, Groups, or Organizations Who are Typically Targeted in Social Research Study Implications
Necessary Elements of Qualitative Research Studies
Main Purposes of Qualitative Studies
Entering the Field to Conduct Qualitative Research
Basic Qualitative Collection STrategies
Continuum of Activity-Passivity of the QL Researcher's Role in Data Collection
Unfolding Assumptions/Questions Arising
Time as a Factor in QL Research
Sampling Issues & Concerns for QL Research
Defining the Main QL Methods
Main QL Research Techniques
Transformation of QL Data into Meaning
List of Boxes
Does the Study Meet the Minimal Scientific Requirements?
Is It a Research Study?
Is It a Non-research Study?
Is the Study Clearly Written?
Assessing the Title
What Are the Authors' Affiliations?
Assessing the Abstract
Assessing the References: The "15-10" Rule of Thumb
Initially Appraising the Introduction, Method, and Results of the Research Study
Assessing the Literature Review in the Introduction
Assessing the Sample Selection
Critiquing the First Set of Study Design Elements
Determining the Study Type
Assessing the Design Objectives
Type of Research Group
Assessing Data Collection Procedures
Critiquing the Materials/ Instruments Used
Critiquing Tables, Graphs, or Charts
Critiquing the Statistical Data and Tests
Critiquing the Sample (n) Data
Critiquing the Discussion
Critiquing the Limitations
Critiquing the Main Types of Knowledge
Critiquing the Implications
Critiquing the Elements of Qualitative Studies
Main Purposes of Qualitative Research
Critiquing the Entry to the Field
Main Data Collection Strategies
Unfolding Assumptions/Questions Arising
Time Factors in QL Research
Sampling Issues/Concerns in QL Research
Main QL Research Methods
Main QL Research Techniques
Transforming QL Data Into Meaning
Using the 3 Rs to Assess Rigor in QL Studies
List of Tables
Selected Differences Between Qualitative and Quantitative Social Research
Four Major Classification Types of Quantitative Social Research
Typical Symbols Used in Mapping the Design Parameters
Assessing the QL Techniques and Main Methods of the Study
Assessing the Rigor of QL Studies by Using the 3 Rs
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