Social Work Research Methods: From Conceptualization To Dissemination
Publish Date: 2007-09-29
Author: Brett Drake;Melissa Jonson-Reid
Social Work Research Methodsis a stand alone how-to social research text that covers conceptualization, design, implementation, data management, and statistical analysis with comprehensivelydetailed examples.
Itprovides students with everything they needto learn about social science research, and how complete a research project from start to finish. In addition, the text'sresearch process is covered sequentially, in a straightforward how-to format. It discussesvalues and ethics, conceptualization, design, familiarization with key computer programs (Microsoft Excel, SAS, SPSS and NVIVO), analyses, implementation and dissemination. It is also writtenin 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 textinclude 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.