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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition

  • Allen Rubin University of Houston
  • Earl R. Babbie Chapman University, Berkeley
  • ISBN-10: 0840029136  |  ISBN-13: 9780840029133
  • 416 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00
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Overview

Rubin and Babbie's ESSENTIAL RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK provides students with a concise introduction to research methods that offers illustrations and applications specific to the field, as well as a constant focus on the utility of social work research in social work practice. Outlines, introductions, boxes, chapter endings with main points, review questions and exercises, and Internet exercises help students easily find the information and practice they need to succeed in the course. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, the third edition is up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Features and Benefits

  • This streamlined, more concise version of Rubin and Babbie's RESEARCH METHODS FOR SOCIAL WORK provides essential research methods content with clear, accurate coverage in a reader-friendly writing style.
  • Social work-specific illustrations and examples illustrate how students can apply research to practice.
  • The text offers a balanced presentation of quantitative and qualitative research methods, illustrating how these two methods can complement one another.
  • The book offers significant coverage of evidence-based practice, with a chapter (Chapter 2) completely devoted to the topic, as well as the infusion of discussion of this subject in various chapters.

Table of Contents

Part I: AN INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY IN SOCIAL WORK.
1. Why Study Research?
2. Evidence-Based Practice.
3. Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods.
4. Factors Influencing the Research Process.
Part II: PROBLEM FORMULATION AND MEASUREMENT.
5. Reviewing Literature and Developing Research Questions.
6. Conceptualization in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry.
7. Measurement in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry.
8. Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Instruments.
Part III: SAMPLING AND SURVEYS.
9. Surveys.
10. Sampling: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.
Part IV: DESIGNS FOR EVALUATING PROGRAMS AND PRACTICE.
11. Experiments and Quasi-Experiments.
12. Single-case Evaluation Designs.
13. Program Evaluation.
Part V: ADDITIONAL QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS.
14. Additional Methods in Qualitative Inquiry.
15. Analyzing Available Records: Quantitative and Qualitative Methods.
Part VI: ETHICAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES IN SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH.
16. Ethical Issues in Social Work Research.
17. Culturally Competent Research.
Part VII: DATA ANALYSIS.
18. Quantitative Data Analysis.
19. Qualitative Data Analysis.
Appendix A. Writing Research Proposals.
Appendix B. Writing Social Work Research Reports.
Appendix C. Table of Random Numbers.

What's New

  • NEW This third edition of Rubin and Babbie's concise text is thoroughly up to date with the most recent EPAS requirements. New Helping Hands icons within the chapters and end-of-chapter Competency Notes spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by CSWE's new EPAS 2008.
  • NEW This edition has been enhanced with additional visual aids (including boxes, graphs, charts, diagrams, and photographs).
  • NEW In line with EPAS Core Competencies, Chapter 2 includes new material on career-long learning, as well as more coverage of critical thinking. Additionally, this chapter includes expanded discussion of problems in and objections to evidence-based practice.
  • NEW This edition includes increased attention to mixed methods inquiry (the combination of qualitative and quantitative methods within the same study), as reflected in the new Chapter 3, "Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods of Inquiry." Among the new content on mixed methods are major sections in that chapter on types of mixed methods designs and on reasons for using mixed methods. Adding that content also enhances the chapter's relevance to the EPAS core competency on distinguishing, appraising, and integrating multiple sources of research-based knowledge.
  • NEW The new Chapter 4, "Factors Influencing the Research Process," offers major new sections on ethical considerations and multicultural factors. These sections give ample early attention to ethical and multicultural issues in ways that do not require comprehension of later methodological content. Additional content in this chapter includes earlier discussion of research purposes and the time dimension; elaborating on trend, cohort, and panel studies; and giving more attention to the influence of agency and organizational concerns on the research process.
  • NEW Chapter 5, "Reviewing Literature and Developing Research Questions," now offers an explanation of how to critically appraise the quality of literature reviews, as well as new sections on systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses.
  • NEW Chapter 9 offers expanded and updated coverage of survey response rates and how to increase them, as well as increased coverage of online surveys and how to use them.
  • NEW Chapter 10 provides increased coverage of political polling, further illustrating the advantages of probability sampling.
  • NEW Chapter 14 contains additional discussion of standards for evaluating the trustworthiness of qualitative studies, including a new table that contrasts the standards emphasized by different epistemological paradigms.
  • NEW Chapter 15 has increased and updated coverage of agency sources of existing data.
  • NEW In response to helpful reviewer suggestions, the authors have moved up their coverage of the NASW Code of Ethics and added a section on the "Trouble in the Tearoom" ethical controversy in Chapter 16.

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Instructor Supplements

ExamView®  (ISBN-10: 1133355072 | ISBN-13: 9781133355076)

Quickly create customized tests that can be delivered in print or online. ExamView®'s simple "what you see is what you get" interface allows you to easily generate tests of up to 250 items. (Contains all the Test Bank questions electronically.)

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133355080 | ISBN-13: 9781133355083)

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Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133371949 | ISBN-13: 9781133371946)

This downloadable Instructor's Manual has been developed for use with the text. The Instructor's Manual contains for each chapter a chapter outline, a list of behavioral objectives, and teaching suggestions.

Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows students to build skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

List Price = $32.00  | CengageBrain Price = $32.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $32.00

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.