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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Research Methods for Social Work, 8th Edition

  • Allen Rubin University of Houston
  • Earl R. Babbie Chapman University, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 1285173465  |  ISBN-13: 9781285173467
  • 720 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2008, 2005
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

Widely considered the best text for the course, RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK strikes an optimal balance of quantitative and qualitative research techniques--illustrating how the two methods complement one another. Allen Rubin and Earl R. Babbie's classic bestseller is acclaimed for its depth and breadth of coverage as well as for the authors' clear and often humorous writing style. A rigorous and comprehensive presentation of all aspects of the research endeavor, combined with a thoroughly reader-friendly approach, helps students overcome the fear factor often associated with this course. Relevant examples from real-world settings consistently help students see the connections between research and social work practice. The Eighth Edition continues to incorporate coverage of evidence-based practice, and aligns with other accreditation requirements based on the EPAS guidelines. Comprehensive, friendly, accurate, and integrating the best of technology, RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK, Eighth Edition can be used across undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate levels of study. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Features and Benefits

  • RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK offers a balance of quantitative and qualitative research methods that equips students with insight into both methodological approaches. Rather than presenting a divisive or unbalanced picture, the authors demonstrate how quantitative and qualitative methods can complement one another. Though balanced, the coverage also includes a thorough, comprehensive treatment of quantitative issues in design and statistics.
  • To ensure student comprehension, the text uses multiple examples that illustrate the material and its relevance for practice. The authors focus on applications to social work practice, including material on gender- and minority-related research and coverage of cross-cultural research.
  • Helping students optimize their study efforts, each chapter provides helpful learning aids, including chapter outlines and overviews; "Main Points;" review questions and exercises; additional readings; and clarifying charts, graphs, and screened examples.
  • The text incorporates the most current Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS), as recommended by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • The authors are highly regarded in their respective fields. Earl Babbie is well respected in sociology and is the author of the best-selling research methods text in sociology. A widely respected leader in social work, Allen Rubin is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Table of Contents

Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN SOCIAL WORK.
1. Why Study Research?
2. Evidence-Based Practice.
3. Philosophy and Theory in Social Work Research.
Part II: THE ETHICAL, POLITICAL, AND CULTURAL CONTEXT OF SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH.
4. The Ethics and Politics of Social Work Research.
5. Culturally Competent Research.
Part III: PROBLEM FORMULATION AND MEASUREMENT.
6. Problem Formulation.
7. Conceptualization and Operationalization.
8. Measurement.
9. Constructing Measurement Instruments.
Part IV: DESIGNS FOR EVALUATING PROGRAMS AND PRACTICE.
10. Causal Inference and Quasi-Experimental Designs.
11. Experimental Designs.
12. Single-Case Evaluation Designs.
13. Program Evaluation.
Part V: DATA-COLLECTION METHODS WITH LARGE SOURCES OF DATA.
14. Sampling.
15. Survey Research.
16. Analyzing Existing Data: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.
Part VI: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS.
17. Qualitative Research: General Principles.
18. Qualitative Research: Specific Methods.
19. Qualitative Data Analysis.
Part VII: ANALYSIS OF QUANTITATIVE DATA.
20. Quantitative Data Analysis.
21. Inferential Data Analysis: Part 1.
22. Inferential Data Analysis: Part 2.
Part VIII: WRITING RESEARCH PROPOSALS AND REPORTS.
23. Writing Research Proposals and Reports.
Appendix A: Using the Library.
Appendix B: Statistics for Estimating Sampling Error.

What's New

  • More reader friendly than ever, the Eighth Edition of this bestseller includes new graphics, photos, figures, and tables--creating a lively presentation for visual learners. The more streamlined narrative also includes new transitional headings, which break longer sections of text into more digestible segments.
  • Thoroughly revised and completely up to date, the Eighth Edition delivers expanded coverage of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), online surveys, meta-analysis, and literature review--providing detailed explanations on how to conduct reviews. It also offers insightful discussions on the disparate ways in which significance test results are presented in reports and journal articles.
  • Continuing to provide clear explanations, the text further clarifies differences in sampling between the level of confidence and the margin of error, and between quota sampling and stratified sampling. It also thoroughly explains how a scale can be incorporated as part of a survey questionnaire.
  • A new section on B designs has been added to Chapter 12 in response to the potential utility of these designs for practitioners engaged in the evidence-based practice process. Instead of making causal inferences, the objective of B designs is to monitor client progress in achieving treatment goals to see if the chosen intervention--which has already had its effectiveness empirically supported in prior research--may or may not be the best fit for a particular client.
  • Now updated to SPSS® 18.0, the appendix entitled "A Learner's Guide to SPSS" has been moved to a separate booklet, giving instructors complete flexibility in deciding whether or not they want to include coverage.
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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Allen Rubin

Allen Rubin has been doing and teaching research since 1976, when he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Renowned in social work, Dr. Rubin has written several research texts, published numerous research studies on social work practice, and is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Earl R. Babbie

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.