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Research Methods for Social Workers

A Practice-Based Approach

Third Edition

Samuel S. Faulkner and Cynthia A. Faulkner

Publication Date - September 2018

ISBN: 9780190858940

256 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $69.99

Research Methods for Social Workers will introduce students to the basic concepts of research and its various components so that they can effectively apply them in a professional setting.

Description

From the outset, the ultimate goal of Research Methods for Social Workers has been to serve as a research text that students would be able to understand and read in full. This third edition features important additions and changes to the original text (while maintaining its accessible style). The order of chapters is re-arranged to improve the flow of introducing and developing concepts of the research process, and the authors have included some much-needed information to meet the changing and evolving standards of social work education. At its core, this book is designed to bring complex ideas down to a level that can be grasped by someone with little to no knowledge of research methods - it is an invaluable resource for social work students and anyone who wishes to have a comprehensive introduction to research methods.

New to this Edition

  • Features chapters re-arranged to improve the flow of introducing and developing the concepts of the research process
  • Includes much-needed information to meet the changing and evolving standards of social work education

Features

  • Uses terms that are well defined and easy to understand
  • Introduces concepts in a straightforward manner
  • Shares examples from real-life social work experience
  • Incorporates feedback from students and instructors to make it more readable and understandable

About the Author(s)

Samuel S. Faulkner, PhD, MSSW, MS, was previously Professor of Social Work at Morehead State University before retiring in June of 2017. He is now Associate Professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

Cynthia A. Faulkner, PhD, MSW, LCSW, was previously Professor of Social Work at Morehead State University before retiring in June of 2017. Cindy is now Program Director for Indiana Wesleyan University's online MSW program.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    About the Authors

    1: What Is Research?
    Importance of Social Work Research
    Defining Research
    Ways of Knowing
    Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed-Methods Research
    Developing Your Research Questions
    What Is a Hypothesis?
    Research Designs
    Strengths and Limitations of Research
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    2: Ethical Considerations
    Historical Overview
    Respect for Individuals
    Beneficence
    Justice
    Other Ethical Considerations
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    3: Qualitative Research Designs
    How Is Qualitative Research Used?
    Descriptive Inquiry
    Speculative Inquiry
    Qualitative Research Methods
    Data Collection
    An Example of a Qualitative Study
    Case Scenarios
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    4: Literature Review
    What Is a Literature Review?
    Step 1: Conducting Your Search for Research Articles
    Step 2: Choosing Your Articles
    Step 3: Reviewing Your Articles
    Step 4: Organizing Your Search Results
    Step 5: Developing a Problem Statement or Hypothesis
    Step 6: Compiling Your Reference Page
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    5: Quantitative Research Designs
    Getting Started
    Developing a Testable Hypothesis
    What Is Descriptive Research?
    Correlation Versus Causation
    Data Collection
    Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Designs
    Group Research Designs
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    6: Variables and Measures
    Variables in Research Design
    Viewing and Using Variables
    Types of Variables
    What Is a Measure?
    Defining and Operationalizing Measures
    Levels of Measurement
    Reliability and Validity in Measurement
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    7: Sampling
    What Is Sampling?
    Random Selection and Random Assignment
    Sample Size: How Many Is Enough?
    External and Internal Validity
    Probability Sampling
    Probability Sampling Techniques
    Sampling Error
    Nonprobability Sampling
    Limitations of Nonprobability Sampling
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    8: Survey Research
    Defining Survey Research
    Appropriate Survey Topics
    Developing a Survey
    Administering Surveys and Expected Rates of Return
    Advantages and Disadvantages of Survey Research
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    9: Evaluative Research Design
    Program Evaluation
    Process Evaluation
    Outcome Evaluation
    Strengths and Weaknesses of Program Evaluation
    Practical Considerations and Common Problems
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exams

    10: Single-Subject Designs
    What Is a Single-Subject Design?
    Elements of Single-Subject Design Research
    Types of Single-Subject Designs
    Strengths and Limitations of Single-Subject Designs
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    11: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics
    What Is Data Analysis?
    The First Step of Data Analysis
    Descriptive Analysis
    Strengths and Limitations of Descriptive Statistics
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    12: Introduction to Inferential Statistics
    What Are Inferential Statistics?
    Four Types of Correlation
    Determining the Strength of the Correlation
    Probability Values and Confidence Intervals
    Parametric Statistics
    Nonparametric Statistics
    Strengths and Limitations of Inferential Statistics
    Which Statistical Program Is Right for Me?
    Case Scenario
    Critical Thinking Questions
    Key Points
    Practice Exam

    13: Practicing Your Research Skills
    Example of a Research Proposal
    Example of a Research Report

    Answers to Practice Exams
    Glossary
    References
    Index

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