Social Work Research and Evaluation: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

By Richard M. Grinnell Jr.; Yvonne A. Unrau | Go to book overview
Contents in Detail
Contributorsxxi
Part IAn Introduction to Inquiry
1Scientific Inquiry and Social Work3
Richard M. Grinnell, Jr., Yvonne A. Unrau, Margaret Williams
Research and Accountability4
The Council on Social Work Education4
The National Association of Social Workers5
How Do We Acquire Knowledge?5
Authority5
Tradition8
Experience9
Intuition10
The Research Method10
Phases of the Research Method12
Nothing Is Forever, According to the Research Method13
Another Example of the Research Method13
Pure and Applied Research Studies14
Approaches to the Research Method14
Skills Needed to Do Research Studies15
The Research Attitude15
The Knowledge-Level Continuum15
Exploratory Research Studies16
Descriptive Research Studies18
Explanatory Research Studies18
Definition of Social Work Research19
Research Roles19
The Research Consumer20
The Creator and Disseminator of Knowledge20
The Contributing Partner20
Integrating the Three Research Roles21
Summary21
2Research Contexts23
Robert W. Weinbach
Factors That Affect Social Work Research24
The Social Service Program24
The Social Work Profession28
The Social Work Practitioners30
Summary32
3Research Ethics33
Fredrick G. Reamer
A Brief Historical Overview34
Ethical Issues During the Early Stages of Research and Evaluation35
Initial Formulation of Research Questions36
Sample Selection36
Informed Consent36
Institutional Review39
Ethical Issues in Research Design and Methodology39
Ethical Aspects of Research Designs39
The Use of Deception40
Confidentiality and Privacy40
Conflicts of Interest41
Reporting Results41
Disclosing Results to Research Participants42
Acknowledging Credit42
Summary42
4Using Existing Knowledge45
Bonnie L. Yegidis, Robert W. Weinback
What Is a Literature Review?46
Purpose of a Literature Review47

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