Research Design in Social Work
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
- Anne Campbell - Queen's University Belfast, UK
- Brian J. Taylor - University of Ulster, UK
- Anne McGlade - The Health and Social Care Board for Northern Ireland
January 2017 | 168 pages | Learning Matters
Social work research often focuses on qualitative designs and many students believe that the quantitative research pathway is either too complicated or is beyond their grasp. This book outlines how social work students can undertake a research project from either a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodological approach. The authors introduce key concepts in an accessible and structured manner and go on to demonstrate each of the approaches from inception of research idea, to realisation of methodological approach, to research process, to data analysis and conclusion.
More than just another research text, this book remains grounded in social work practice and has clear links to the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work.
Reviewing the literature
Selecting your research method
Sampling techniques in quantitative and qualitative research
Qualitative data gathering
Qualitative data analysis
Introduction to quantitative methods
What does it all mean? Exploring quantitative data analysis
Presenting results and findings
Drawing out the discussion, conclusions and recommendations
This is an easy to read comprehensive introduction to social science research methods. The textbook makes specific connections to social work and provides clear explanations of research concepts.
Health Sciences/Social Work, Cardiff Metropolitan University
July 6, 2022
Coverage of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, which is very welcome in a social work text.
School of Social Work, Birmingham City University
February 22, 2021
A very practical ready reference for students and practitioners.
Social Science , University of Suffolk
October 13, 2016