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Primer for Critiquing Social Research: A Student Guide 1st Edition

Michael John Holosko

  • Published
  • 96 Pages


This practical text shows students how to critique social research in a simple, hands-on manner. Designed for use in conjunction with a core research methods text, it guides students through each element of a research article, thereby helping them to develop the analytical tools and critical thinking skills they need to make an informed assessment of the research study they are critiquing.

Michael John Holosko, University of Windsor

MICHAEL J. HOLOSKO, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a professor of Social Work at the University of Windsor and adjunct instructor at Norfolk State University. He has taught in schools of: social work (primarily), nursing, public administration, and applied social science in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the past 26 years, he has been a consultant to a variety of large and small health and human service organizations in the areas of: program evaluation, outcomes, organizational development, communication, leadership, visioning, organizational alignment, and stress management. He has published numerous monographs, chapters, articles, and texts in the areas of evaluation, health care, gerontology, social policy, music intervention, and spirituality. He served on the editorial boards of: Research on Social Work Practice; Journal of Health and Social Policy; Stress, Trauma and Crisis; Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment; the Hong Kong Journal of Social Work; Journal of Social Service Research and the Journal of Evidence Based Social Work Practice. He has served on numerous boards of directors for a variety of local, provincial, federal, and international human service agencies, including Health and Welfare Canada's Research Advisory Committee. Over the past few years he has taken his concerns for advocacy and social justice to the airwaves, where he is billed as "The Community Doctor" on AM800 CKLW and The New WI out of Windsor, Ontario Canada. He has a wife Ann, son Joel, and daughter Adrienne and currently resides in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
2. Science or not? Research or not? Science and Research.
3. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research.
4. Writing Clarity, the Title, Author(s) Affiliation, Abstract and References.
5. The Three Main Content Areas of the Quantitative Research Article: Introduction, Method, Results.
6. Introduction: Review of the Literature, Study Purpose.
7. Method: Sample Selection, Study Design, Data Collection Procedures, and Methods.
8. The Results: The Findings, Discussion and Implications.
9. Qualitative Social Research: An Alternative Method.
10. Concluding Remarks.
List of Tables.
Appendix A.

"The text is a must for any [social research] course and should be integrated in all curriculums, both undergraduate and graduate…It will make teaching easier and improve student outcomes. Thank you, Dr. Holosko!"

"Primer for Critiquing Social Research "is an excellent book for social science students to learn about social research and grasp the skills for writing a critique."

"Dr. Holosko’s primer has a wonderfully approachable style and a clear focus on how to get research done…I absolutely loved the traffic lights, warning signs, advice to students, and the prompts to proceed. I believe students will really feel welcomed by the creativity in this presentation style; I know I did."

"Primer for Critiquing Social Research "is a straightforward, concise, practical text which is sorely needed in the field."

"I have had an opportunity to incorporate your Primer for Critiquing Social Research in two undergraduate research courses. On both occasions the students reported finding it very helpful and were able to undertake effectively a critique. As an instructor, I found that it both aided students in understanding discrete aspects of research methodology as well as helping them grasp the overall thrust of the research and its credibility."