The Use of Research in Social Work Practice: A Case Example from School Social Work

The Use of Research in Social Work Practice: A Case Example from School Social Work

The Use of Research in Social Work Practice: A Case Example from School Social Work

The Use of Research in Social Work Practice: A Case Example from School Social Work

Synopsis

Chavkin tests the theory that there is a relationship between organizational structure and the use of research recommendations in school social work. Part I includes three chapters that explore the complex relationship between applied social science research and practice. Part II is the case example of the use of Costin's recommendation for changes in the goals and methods of school social service delivery. Part III presents the implications of the case for practice, policy, and theory, and provides suggestions for future research. Chavkin's organizational perspective adds to the information social workers have about why research findings are adopted in some organizations and not in others, and how organizational structure factors facilitate or inhibit adoption. Recommended for social work scholars and practitioners, researchers, and agency leaders.

Excerpt

This book would not have been possible without the support of others. It is my pleasure to express thanks to Prof. David Austin of the University of Texas at Austin and to Prof. Lela Costin of the University of Illinois.

I also benefited from the support of Karen Brown of the Walter Richter Institute of Social Work, Paul Kennedy of the Partnership for Access To Higher Mathematics Program, and Marion Tangum of the Office of Sponsored Programs. Tina Jackson, Anne Byrd, and Susan Bergfield helped prepare the final tables and illustrations for the manuscript, and a number of Southwest Texas State University student assistants helped with the word processing.

My greatest debt is to my husband, Allan Chavkin, for his insightful comments and constructive criticism throughout the project and to our daughter, Laura Chavkin, for her patience and enthusiastic support.

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