Practising Social Work Research: Case Studies for Learning

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University of Toronto Press, May 1, 2010 - Social Science - 277 pages
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Research is as critical to social work practice as individual and group counseling skills, policy analysis, or community development. Using an approach similar to those adopted in direct practice courses, this book integrates research with social work practice and in so doing, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the research process to social work students.

Sixteen case studies adapted from actual events and case files illustrate different research approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, single subject, and mixed methods. Through these real-life examples, the authors demonstrate the processes of conceptualization, operationalization, sampling, data collection and processing, and implementation. Designed to help the student and practitioner become more comfortable with the research process, Practising Social Work Research uses a student-centered approach that capitalizes on the strengths that social work students bring to assessment and problem solving.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Tables
9
BRIEF CASE STUDIES
17
3a Conceptualization and Operationalization
55
Academic Qualifications
69
Intervening Variable
86
3a Malcolms School Attendance during Intervention
125
Case studies I Birnbaum Rachel 1954 II Pierce Barbara Decker 1949
136
5c A Problematic Question
150
5h Normalizing Questions
158
Uni
187
10a Example of a CustomDesigned Questionnaire
209
Research
215
Critique
234
Critique
262
Index
271

4a Ndinas Average Hourly Vocalizations
137
5a A Questionnaire to Critique 1445
144

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Rick Csiernik is a professor in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

Rachel Birnbaum is an associate professor in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

Barbara Decker Pierce is an associate professor and Director in the King's University College School of Social Work at the University of Western Ontario.

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