Higher Education

Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services, 8th Edition

  • Duane R. Monette Northern Michigan University
  • Thomas J. Sullivan Northern Michigan University
  • Cornell R. DeJong Northern Michigan University
  • ISBN-10: 0840032056  |  ISBN-13: 9780840032058
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2005, 2002
  • © 2011 | Published
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Overview

Presenting social science research methods within the context of human service practice, APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH is the ideal text for courses focused on applied research in human services, counseling, social work, sociology, criminal justice, and community planning. With in-depth coverage of all the topics taught in traditional social science research methods courses, APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH brings the subject to life by showing how research is increasingly used in practice today. In addition, this Eighth Edition includes a thought-provoking Eye on Ethics feature, enhanced coverage of evidence-based practice, and a stronger connection between research and human services policy.

Features and Benefits

  • "Eye on Ethics" boxes. While the topic of research ethics will continue to be covered thoroughly in Chapter 3, the new Eye on Ethics boxes encourage students to see ethics as an issue that is integral to research and that must be continually addressed.
  • Critical Thinking sections found at the end of each chapter connect research methods to practice, policy, and everyday life.
  • The authors emphasize both quantitative and qualitative approaches to social science research. The text includes a discussion of positivist and non-positivist paradigms in science, and introduces students to one of the key controversies in modern science.
  • Chapter 17, "Writing for Research: Grant Proposals and Report Writing," takes students through the processes of securing funding and communicating research findings.
  • Each chapter concludes with "Main Points," "Important Terms for Review," "For Further Reading," and "Exercises for Class Discussion," offering students a range of opportunities to solidify their understanding of important chapter concepts.

Table of Contents

1. Research in the Human Services.
2. The Logic of Social Research.
3. Ethical Issues in Social Research.
4. Issues in Problem Formulation.
5. The Process of Measurement.
6. Sampling.
7. Survey Research.
8. Analysis of Available Data.
9. Field Research and Qualitative Methods.
10. Experimental Research.
11. Single-System Designs.
12. Evaluation Research.
13. Scaling.
14. Data Analysis I: Data Preparation and Presentation.
15. Data Analysis II: Descriptive and Inferential Statistics.
16. Analysis of Qualitative Data.
17. Writing for Research: Grant Proposals and Report Writing.

What's New

  • "Eye on Ethics" boxes. While the topic of research ethics will continue to be covered thoroughly in Chapter 3, the new Eye on Ethics boxes encourage students to see ethics as an issue that is integral to research and that must be continually addressed.
  • Critical Thinking sections found at the end of each chapter connect research methods to practice, policy, and everyday life.
  • Expanded Coverage of Evidence-Based Practice throughout, including a substantial revision of the "Research in Practice" boxes; adding in new Evidence-Based Practice examples.
  • Enhanced coverage of how research affects human services policy.
  • Updated coverage of technology and research, including the effect of online survey organizations on survey design and administration, as well as, the impact of new technologies.

Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840044593 | ISBN-13: 9780840044594)

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