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Research Methods for Social Work
A Problem-Based Approach

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January 2020 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Research Methods for Social Work Practice: A Problem-Based Approach is a comprehensive introduction to methods instruction that engages students innovatively and interactively. Using a case study and problem-based learning (PBL) approach, authors Antoinette Y. Farmer and G. Lawrence Farmer utilize case examples to achieve a level of application which builds readers’ confidence in methodology and reinforces their understanding of research across all levels of social work practice. These real case examples, along with critical thinking questions, research tips, and step-by-step problem-solving methods, will improve student mastery and help them see why research is relevant. With the guidance of this new and noteworthy textbook, readers will transform into both knowledgeable consumers of research and skilled practitioners who can effectively address the needs of their clients through research.

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Chapter 1: Evidence-based Practice
Introduction

 
The Search for Best Practices

 
Scientific Method

 
Evidence-based Practice

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 2: Research Ethics
Introduction

 
The Belmont Report

 
Institutional Review Board

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 3: The Research Process
Introduction

 
What is the Purpose of Research?

 
What is Research Design?

 
The Research Process

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 4: Problem Formulation
Introduction

 
The Importance of Conducting a Literature Review

 
Ethics and the Research Question

 
Diversity and the Research Question

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 5: Measurement
Introduction

 
Conceptual Versus Operational

 
Levels of Measurement

 
Sources of Measurement Error

 
Reliability and Validity

 
Selecting Standardized Measures

 
Constructing Measurement Instruments

 
Ethics and Measurement

 
Diversity and Measurement

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 6: Experimental Designs
Introduction

 
Types of Experimental Research designs

 
Ethics and Experimental Design

 
Diversity and Experimental Designs

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 7: Quasi-Experimental Designs
Introduction

 
Quasi-Experimental Designs

 
Types of Quasi-Experimental Designs

 
Ethics and Quasi-Experimental Designs

 
Diversity and Quasi-Experimental Designs

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 8: Qualitative Research
Introduction

 
Sampling Strategies Used in Qualitative Research

 
Types of Qualitative Research

 
Criteria for Ensuring the Trustworthiness of Data

 
Ethics and Qualitative Research

 
Diversity and Qualitative Research

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 9: Mixed Methods Research
Sampling Strategies Used in Mixed Methods Research

 
Ethics and Mixed Methods Research

 
Diversity and Mixed Methods Research

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 10: Observational Research
Introduction

 
Types of Observational Research

 
Ethics and Observational Research

 
Diversity and Observational Research

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 11: Sampling
Introduction

 
Types of Sampling Strategies

 
Reasons Why Samples May Differ from a Population

 
Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of a Sample

 
Ethics and Sampling

 
Diversity and Sampling

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 12: Survey Research
Introduction

 
Sources of Error Affect Survey Research

 
Design Phase of the Survey

 
Modes of Data Collection in Survey Research

 
Response Rate

 
Ethics and Survey Research

 
Diversity and Survey Research

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 13: Quantitative Analysis
Introduction

 
Key Statistics Concepts

 
Levels of Measurement

 
Coding the Data

 
Statistical Analysis Used to Describe Data

 
Statistical Analyses Used to Asses the Degree of Relationship Among Variables

 
Statistical Analyses Used to Asses Significant of Group Difference

 
Ethics and Quantitative Data Analysis

 
Diversity and Quantitative Data Analysis

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 14: Qualitative Data Analysis
Introduction

 
Phases of the Qualitative Data Analysis Process

 
Coding if the Data

 
Types of Qualitative Analyses

 
Criteria for Ensuring the Trustworthiness of Data

 
Ethics and Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Diversity and Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Computer Programs for Qualitative Data

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 15: Single-Case Design Evaluation
Introduction

 
What Needs to be Done Prior to Conducting a Single-Case Design

 
Phases of the Single-Case Design Evaluation Process

 
Types of Single-Case Designs

 
Graphing and Analyzing the Data

 
Ethics and Single-Case Design Evaluation

 
Diversity and Single-Case Design Evaluation

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Chapter 16: Program Evaluation
Introduction

 
Program Logic Model

 
Types of Program Evaluations

 
Structure of an Evaluation Report

 
Ethics and Program Evaluation

 
Diversity and Program Evaluation

 
Summary, Review and Assignments

 
 
Appendix A: Guidelines for Writing a Manuscript/Research Paper

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“The authors have proposed a very innovative way to make research understandable and interesting to an audience that doesn’t typically enjoy the research process. The problem-based learning model will engage students and challenge them to think about research in ways that many of them previously hadn’t thought about it.”

Juan J. Barthelemy
Louisiana State University

Research Methods for Social Work Practice is a new take on the standard research text. This text incorporates a problem-based learning approach to addressing research content along with case studies to facilitate understanding of research content.”

Patricia Saleeby
Southern Illinois University

“This text is student-friendly and offer students immediate answers related to why and how research is relevant and required in the social work profession. From my review, I believe Research Methods for Social Work Practice may be exactly what we've needed in our program.”

Sonja V. Harry
Winston-Salem State University

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