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Social Work Research and Evaluation

Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice

Tenth edition

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr. and Yvonne A. Unrau

Publication Date - December 2013

ISBN: 9780199988310

756 pages
Hardcover
8 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $99.95

Over thirty years of input from instructors and students have gone into this popular research methods text, resulting in a refined ninth edition that is easier to read, understand, and apply than ever before.

Description

This book is the longest-standing text in the field of social work research and evaluation. Since the first edition in 1981, it has been designed to provide beginning graduate social work students the basic methodological foundation they need in order to successfully complete more advanced research courses that focus on single-system designs or program evaluations. Its content is explained in extraordinarily clear, everyday language.

New to this Edition

  • Contains five new chapters, including The Mixed Methods Approach, Becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner, Designing Measuring Instruments, Qualitative Content Analysis, and Qualitative Data Analysis: A Theoretical Approach
  • Extensively revised, updated, and edited chapters. Group Research Designs is now structured around one-group designs and two-group designs, rather than on the three knowledge-level categories: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory. This reorganization makes it much easier for the students to understand the logic of research designs.
  • Provides students with a solid rationale of why the positivistic and interpretive research approaches within the scientific method have value, in addition to showing that the greatest benefit that the research enterprise can bring to our profession is combining both approaches in a single research study.
  • Emphasizes generalist social work practice, and fully complies with the Council on Social Work Education's research requirements in this respect.
  • Uses numerous examples throughout the text in an effort to emphasize the link between practice and research within generalist social work settings.
  • Contains an extensive discussion on human diversity and ethics.
  • Includes numerous new illustrations to complement and expand on the chapters: these illustrations present interesting research examples; provide additional aids to learning; and offer historical, social, and political contexts of social work research.
  • Visit the companion website to find both instructor resources (powerpoint slides, lecture notes and test questions) and freely available student resources (discussion questions, weblinks, and additional online discussion questions).

About the Author(s)

Richard M. Grinnell, Jr., Ph.D., is a Professor and is the Clair at Clarice Platt Jones/Helen Frays Endowed Chair of Social Work Research within the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University.

Yvonne A. Unrau, Ph.D., is a Professor within the School of Social Work and is the Director, Center of Fostering Success at Western Michigan University.

Reviews

"This book is written in a clear and concise style. Further, the material is presented plainly and in such a way that learning becomes fun and productive for students. Extensively revised, updated, and edited chapters, Group Research Design is now structured around one-group designs and two-group designs, rather than on the three knowledge-level categories: exploratory, descriptive, and explanatory. This organization makes it much easier for the students to understand the logic of research designs. This book not only provides students of social work research the knowledge they need in their journey to become good social scientists, but also the tools to develop effective habits necessary towards this purpose. After all, as it has been said often: 'practice makes perfect.' -Sonu Chandiram, Biz India

Table of Contents

    Contributors

    PART I: RESEARCH IN SOCIAL WORK

    1. Introduction
    2. Problems, Questions, and Hypotheses

    PART II: RESEARCH APPROACHES

    3. The Quantitative Approach
    4. The Qualitative Approach
    5. The Mixed Methods Approach

    PART III: ETHICS AND CULTURALLY COMPETENT RESEARCH

    6. Research Ethics
    7. Research with Minority and Disadvantaged Groups

    PART IV: EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE

    8. Finding Existing Evidence
    9. Evaluating Existing Evidence
    10. Evidence-Based Practice
    11. Issues for Evidence-Based Practitioners

    PART V: MEASURING VARIABLES

    12. Measurement
    13. Standardized Measuring Instruments
    14. Designing Measuring Instruments

    PART VI: SAMPLING AND RESEARCH DESIGNS

    15. Sampling
    16. Group Designs
    17. Single-Subject Designs

    PART VII: COLLECTING DATA

    18. Structured Observation
    19. Interviewing
    20. Survey Research
    21. Secondary Analysis
    22. Quantitative Content Analysis
    23. Qualitative Content Analysis
    24. Selecting a Data Collection Method

    PART VIII: ANALYZING DATA

    25. Quantitative Data Analysis
    26. Qualitative Data Analysis: A Theoretical Approach
    27. Qualitative Data Analysis: A Step-by-Step Approach

    PART IX: EVALUATING RESEARCH STUDIES

    28. Evaluating Quantitative Studies
    29. Evaluating Qualitative Studies

    PART X: RESEARCH PROPOSALS AND REPORTS

    30. Positivistic Research Proposals
    31. Interpretive Research Proposals
    32. Writing Research Reports

    PART XI: FROM RESEARCH TO EVALUATION

    33. Program Evaluation

    Glossary
    References
    Credits

    Index