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Author Fortune, Anne E., 1945-

Title Research in social work / Anne E. Fortune, William J. Reid.

Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, ©1999.


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  361.0072 F745R    Check Shelf
Edition 3rd ed.
Description xiii, 524 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note Revised edition of: Research in social work / William J. Reid. 2nd ed. c1989.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 479-502) and indexes.
Contents Social Work and Research -- Understanding the World -- The Contribution of the Scientific Approach to Social Work -- Generation of Inquiry -- Theory -- Developing a Problem for Research -- Considerations for a Useful Research Problem -- Formulating Hypotheses and Questions -- Explication of the Problem -- The Context of Research -- The Profession of Social Work -- Theory as Framework for Research -- The Site of the Research -- The Social and Political Context -- Protection of Human Subjects -- Dimensions of Research Design -- The Investigator's Control Over Phenomena Studied -- Purposes and Function of Building Knowledge -- Methodological Orientation -- Establishing Causality -- Threats to Internal Validity -- Naturalistic Designs -- Designs with Exploratory-Descriptive Functions -- Designs with Explanatory Functions -- Single-System Experiments -- The Case Study -- The Basic Time Series (AB) Design -- Withdrawal Reversal Designs -- The Multiple Baseline Design -- Generalization (External Validity) -- Group Experiments -- Uncontrolled Single Group Experiment -- Strengthening the Group Design -- Equivalent Group Designs -- Nonequivalent Group Designs -- The Experimental Intervention -- Generalization from Group Experiments (External Validity) -- Laboratory Experiments: Analog Studies of Intervention Effects -- Sampling -- The Nature and Purposes of Sampling -- Samples and the Research Question -- Basic Types of Samples -- Generalization from Probability Samples -- Size of Sample -- Measurement -- Role of Measurement.
Summary Distinctive in its emphasis on research as a natural corollary to practice, the book takes readers step-by-step through the process of developing a practical agenda for such projects. Fortune and Reid clearly explain how to formulate questions and hypotheses conduct group and single-system naturalistic and experimental designs, analyze and compile data, and write research reports. Along the way, they present lucid discussions of the critical theoretical considerations, such as how to gauge reliability and validity and perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis. Throughout, they furnish specific methodological advice for integrating research agendas into everyday practice. Research in Social Work is a peerless companion to coursework in basic research methodology and clinical research at all academic levels - indeed, it is one of the few books broad enough in coverage to serve as a primary text for a wide spectrum of classes.
Subject Social service -- Research.
Service social -- Recherche.
Social service -- Research. (OCoLC)fst01123270
Added Author Reid, William James, 1928-
Reid, William James, 1928- Research in social work.
ISBN 0231108125 (alk. paper)
9780231108126 (alk. paper)
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