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Social Work Research Methods
Four Alternative Paradigms

  • Teresa Morris - California State University, San Bernardino, USA


January 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Social Work Research Methods: Four Alternative Paradigms is the first book that expands social work research methods to include alternative models and integrate these methodologies into general social work practice. In addition to addressing ethics, diversity, and technology, author Teresa Morris also describes research methods for positivism, post-positivism, critical theory, and constructivism.     

Key Features:

  • Integrates research methods into a practice model: A generalist model of social work practice adapts the stages of this model to the stages of research. Step-by-step guidance is given on how to carry out quantitative and qualitative research with illustrative examples from research projects that have used each of the paradigms.
  • Offers choices in research methods: Students are given options about how to build social work practice knowledge. Depending on their worldviews, students are provided with conceptual frameworks to make decisions about which research methods to use in which situation. Not only are the theoretical rationales for such choices discussed, but the tools to carry them out are provided.
  • Addresses contemporary issues: The ethics and politics of research, the researcher's responsibility to diversity, and the use of technology at each stage of a research project are thoroughly discussed. In addition, materials are provided to comply with the Council on Social Work Education's new accreditation standards to include detailed qualitative research in research courses.  

Intended Audience: Perfect for undergraduate and graduate students studying Qualitative Research Methods in the field of Social Work

Author's website: http://socialwork.csusb.edu/teresa.htm


 
Introduction
Research and Generalist Practice  
Brief History of Philosophy of Science  
 
PART I: THE POSITIVIST PARADIGM
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 1. Engagement - Entrée to the Research Setting Defined
 
Chapter 2. Assessment - Development of Understanding the Research Focus
 
Chapter 3. Planning - Rationales for Carrying out the Research Project
Explanatory Designs  
Descriptive Designs  
 
Chapter 4. Implementation - Gathering the Data
Managing and Implementing Data Collection  
 
Chapter 5: Evaluation - Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Data Entry  
Descriptive Statistics  
Inferential Statistics  
 
Chapter Six: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings and Exiting the Research Setting
Research Setting  
Conclusion  
 
PART II: POST POSITIVISM
 
Introduction
 
Chapter 7. Assessment and Engagement - Development of Understanding of the Research Focus and Entree to the Research Setting
 
Chapter 8: Planning, Implementation, Evaluation - Rationale for Gathering Data, Data Gathering and Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Planning: Rationale for Gathering Data  
Implementation: Data Gathering  
Evaluation: Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning  
 
Chapter 9: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings and Exiting the Research Setting and Communication and Distribution of Findings
Conclusion  
 
PART III: CRITICAL THEORY
Introduction  
Chapter 10: Assessment, Engagement, and Planning - Development of Understanding of the Research Focus, Entree to the Research Setting. Rationale for Carrying out the Research  
Planning: Rationale for Carrying out the Research  
 
Chapter Eleven: Implementation - Gathering Data
Data Collection for Looking and Developing the Ideological Analysis  
Data Collection for Action  
Data Collection for Evaluation of Action Plans  
 
Chapter 12: Evaluation - Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Emergent Analysis  
Ideological Analysis  
Action Analysis  
 
Chapter 13: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Finding, Exiting the Research Setting, and Communication and Distribution of Research Findings
Reporting to Participants and the Target Entity  
Reporting to the Participants, Funding Sources and Academic Settings  
Alternate Forms of Presentation  
Reflection and Celebration  
Conclusion  
 
PART IV: CONSTRUCTIVISM
Introduction  
 
Chapter 14: Engagement, Assessment and Planning - Entrée to the Research Setting, Development of Understanding of the Researcher Focus, Rationales for Gathering Data
 
Chapter 15: Implementation and Evaluation - Gathering Data and Developing and Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Implementation: Gathering Data  
Stages of Data Collection  
Evaluation: Understanding the Meaning of Data  
 
Chapter 16: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings, Exiting the Research Setting and Communication and Distribution of Findings
Researcher's Journals  
The Case Study, or Research Report  
Exiting the Research Setting  
Conclusion  
 
PART V: CROSS CUTTING THEMES: ETHICS, DIVERSITY AND TECHNOLOGY
Introduction  
Chapter 17: The Ethics and Politics of Research  
Introduction  
Ethics  
Politics  
Conclusion  
 
Chapter 18: The Researcher's Responsibility to Diversity
Introduction  
Engagement (Gaining Entrée to the Research Setting)  
Assessment (Developing an Understanding of the Research Focus)  
Planning (Rationales and Plans for Carrying out These Research Projects)  
Implementation: Gathering the Data  
Evaluation (Developing an understanding and Interpretation of the Data)  
Termination and Follow Up  
 
Chapter 19: The Function of Technology at Each Step of the Way
Engagement (Gaining Entrée to the Research Setting)  
Assessment (Developing an Understanding of the Research Focus)  
Planning (Rationales and Plans for Carrying out the Research Project)  
Implementation (Gathering the Data)  
Evaluation (Developing an Understanding and Interpretation of the Data  
Termination and Follow Up  
 
Glossary
 
Phenomenology - An Approach to Understanding the World that Uses Refection, Evidence (i.e. Awareness of Something) and Description
 
References and Bibliography

It doesn't have enough depth regarding the fundamentals of research.

Dr Henrika McCoy
Jane Addams College of Social Work (MC 309), University of Illinois at Chicago
May 31, 2012
Key features
  • Introduces an exciting possibility to social work research
  • Each chapter has an explanation of research tasks illustrated with examples of research at micro and macro practice levels.
  • Each chapter ends with a listing of the main points, review questions, and exercises.

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