Social Work Research Methods From Conceptualization to Dissemination

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-09-19
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Social Work Research Methods is a stand alone "how-to" social research text that covers conceptualization, design, implementation, data management, and statistical analysis with comprehensively detailed examples. It provides students with everything they need to learn about social science research, and how complete a research project from start to finish. In addition, the text's research process is covered sequentially, in a straightforward "how-to" format. It discusses values and ethics, conceptualization, design, familiarization with key computer programs (Microsoft Excel, SAS, SPSS and NVIVO), analyses, implementation and dissemination. It is also written in a tone that is intentionally light-hearted to increase student interest and comfort level by addressing often overlooked aspects of conducting research (e.g. data management, IRB clearance, and grant development) in detail. Key highlights of the text include five example research projects. These example projects are presented in their entirety; including how the researchers chose their areas of interest, how they executed their literature reviews (annotated citation lists are given), and how they designed, implemented, and disseminated (poster, article, agency report, or PowerPoint presentation) their work.

Table of Contents

The Ethics of Social Science
The Process of Doing Social Science
The Role of Theory
Values and Ethics
Personal Values and Research
Examples From History: Harm to Human Subjects
Examples From History: Other Issues
Professional Codes of Ethics: Human Subjects
Professional Codes of Ethics: Other Issues
Your Area of Interest
The Initial Literature Review
Reviewing the Field
Understanding Your Literature
Your Conceptual Framework
Formalizing and Presenting Your Conceptual Framework
Specifying your Aims, Question and Hypotheses
Seven Key Dimensions of Research Design
Causality and Control
Subjects and Sampling
Assignment of Subjects to Different Groups or Conditions
Investigator Manipulation
Data Type
Internal Validity and Research Design
Finalizing the Design
True Experimental Designs in Detail
Quasi-Experimental Designs in Detail
Nonexperimental Designs in Detail
Human Subjects, IRB's and Ethics
Summary of Key Design Products
Measureent and Data Type
Reliability and Validity
Administration of Instruments
Structure of Instruments
Choosing a Measure
Qualitative Research
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