Social Work Research Methods
Four Alternative Paradigms
- Teresa Morris - California State University, San Bernardino, USA
January 2006 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Social Work Research Methods: Four Alternative Paradigms is the first book that expands social work research methods to include alternative models and integrate these methodologies into general social work practice. In addition to addressing ethics, diversity, and technology, author Teresa Morris also describes research methods for positivism, post-positivism, critical theory, and constructivism.
- Integrates research methods into a practice model: A generalist model of social work practice adapts the stages of this model to the stages of research. Step-by-step guidance is given on how to carry out quantitative and qualitative research with illustrative examples from research projects that have used each of the paradigms.
- Offers choices in research methods: Students are given options about how to build social work practice knowledge. Depending on their worldviews, students are provided with conceptual frameworks to make decisions about which research methods to use in which situation. Not only are the theoretical rationales for such choices discussed, but the tools to carry them out are provided.
- Addresses contemporary issues: The ethics and politics of research, the researcher's responsibility to diversity, and the use of technology at each stage of a research project are thoroughly discussed. In addition, materials are provided to comply with the Council on Social Work Education's new accreditation standards to include detailed qualitative research in research courses.
Intended Audience: Perfect for undergraduate and graduate students studying Qualitative Research Methods in the field of Social Work
Author's website: http://socialwork.csusb.edu/teresa.htm
PART I: THE POSITIVIST PARADIGM
Chapter 1. Engagement - Entrée to the Research Setting Defined
Chapter 2. Assessment - Development of Understanding the Research Focus
Chapter 3. Planning - Rationales for Carrying out the Research Project
Chapter 4. Implementation - Gathering the Data
Chapter 5: Evaluation - Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Chapter Six: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings and Exiting the Research Setting
PART II: POST POSITIVISM
Chapter 7. Assessment and Engagement - Development of Understanding of the Research Focus and Entree to the Research Setting
Chapter 8: Planning, Implementation, Evaluation - Rationale for Gathering Data, Data Gathering and Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Chapter 9: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings and Exiting the Research Setting and Communication and Distribution of Findings
PART III: CRITICAL THEORY
Chapter Eleven: Implementation - Gathering Data
Chapter 12: Evaluation - Developing an Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Chapter 13: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Finding, Exiting the Research Setting, and Communication and Distribution of Research Findings
PART IV: CONSTRUCTIVISM
Chapter 14: Engagement, Assessment and Planning - Entrée to the Research Setting, Development of Understanding of the Researcher Focus, Rationales for Gathering Data
Chapter 15: Implementation and Evaluation - Gathering Data and Developing and Understanding of the Data and its Meaning
Chapter 16: Termination and Follow Up - Reporting on Findings, Exiting the Research Setting and Communication and Distribution of Findings
PART V: CROSS CUTTING THEMES: ETHICS, DIVERSITY AND TECHNOLOGY
Chapter 18: The Researcher's Responsibility to Diversity
Chapter 19: The Function of Technology at Each Step of the Way
Phenomenology - An Approach to Understanding the World that Uses Refection, Evidence (i.e. Awareness of Something) and Description
References and Bibliography
It doesn't have enough depth regarding the fundamentals of research.
Jane Addams College of Social Work (MC 309), University of Illinois at Chicago
May 31, 2012