Research Methods for Social Workers (6th Edition)

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9780205585588: Research Methods for Social Workers (6th Edition)

This social work research methods text is written in an accessible, reader-friendly style. Its paperback format also makes it less expensive than most competitive texts on the market.

 

The authors are social workers and educators who understand the realities of social work practice. They have included many examples of how research can be used to inform social work practice. The text is ideal for a one-semester or quarter research methods course for undergraduate or graduate students who have little or no prior knowledge of research.

 

The Sixth Edition describes and illustrates the contributions of both quantitative and qualitative research methods to evidence based practice. They are presented as complementary and necessary to an understanding of human behavior and the problems that social workers must address. 

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The Sixth Edition of Research Methods for Social Workers is written in an accessible, reader-friendly style by authors who are social workers and educators and understand the realities of social work practice. The paperback format makes it less expensive than most texts on the market.

 

Highlights of the New Edition

  • Expanded coverage of evidence-based practice in Chapter 1, and throughout the book. Descriptions and illustrations of the contributions of quantitative and qualitative research methods to evidence-based practice presented as complementary and necessary for an understanding of human behavior and the problems that social workers must address.
  • Emphasis on the importance of practice ethics, experience, and knowledge of the individual client (as well as research findings) for evidence-based practice.
  • Expanded content on purposive sampling and introduction to the concept of sampling plans and multi-stage sampling.
  • Greatly expanded discussion of validity (of all kinds) in research.
  • The importance of valid measurement of all dependent and independent variables.
  • New content on the importance of qualitative methods in all types of program evaluation, including summative evaluations.
  • Major revision of single-system research (Chapter 14) in response to current thinking and issues relating to the validity of its assumptions.

What Your Colleagues Are Saying

“Overall, this is a very solid introductory research text. It is appropriate in scope and depth.”

– John D. Clapp, San Diego State University

“I like the organization of the book. The way the content is organized presents a
sequential flow that connects the whole process of research. It is easy to read and
it does explain content in terms of social work examples that students can easily
understand.”

–Freddie Avant, Stephen F. Austin State University

 

About the Author:

Bonnie L. Yegidis, Ph. D., MSW     Bonnie Yegidis is Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  She teaches in the research methods and social work practice sequences in the School, and has conducted research on family violence,  cross-cultural issues in social work practice, and evidence based social work practice.  Dr. Yegidis earned her MSW degree from West Virginia University and her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with a concentration in Measurement and Evaluation, from the University of South Florida.  She is the recipient of a number of awards and honors including Social Worker of the Year from the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Distinguished Alum Award from West Virginia University. 


Robert  W. Weinbach, Ph.D., MSW.     Bob Weinbach is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he continues to teach graduate level research courses in the College of Social Work. He is also the first author of Statistics for Social Workers, Eighth Edition; The Social Worker as Manager, Sixth Edition;  and is the author of Evaluating Social Work Services and Programs (all published by Allyn & Bacon), as well as over 75 other  publications and invited book chapters. He earned graduate degrees in social work from SUNY-Buffalo and Ohio State University and has worked in both medical and psychiatric social work practice and as a program evaluator.

 

Laura L. Myers, Ph.D., M.S.W.     Laura Myers is an Associate Professor and BSW Program Director at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, FL.  Laura received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy and completed her coursework and Master’s thesis in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Southern Mississippi.  After several years of computer consulting for accounting firms, she returned to school to complete her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Georgia.  Laura lives in Tallahassee with her husband, Dr. Bruce Thyer, and their four children, John, William, Joseph, and Cynthia.   Laura is interested in research, scholarly writing, human diversity and social discrimination, eating disorders, and social work and spirituality.

 

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