Practising social work research: Case studies for learning

Rick Csiernik, Rachel Birnbaum, Barbara Decker Pierce

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Research is as critical to social work practice as individual and group counseling skills, policy analysis, or community development. Using an approach similar to those adopted in direct practice courses, this book integrates research with social work practice and in so doing, promotes an understanding and appreciation of the research process to social work students. Sixteen case studies adapted from actual events and case files illustrate different research approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, single subject, and mixed methods. Through these real-life examples, the authors demonstrate the processes of conceptualization, operationalization, sampling, data collection and processing, and implementation. Designed to help the student and practitioner become more comfortable with the research process, Practising Social Work Research uses a student-centered approach that capitalizes on the strengths that social work students bring to assessment and problem solving.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages277
ISBN (Electronic)9781442690288
ISBN (Print)9781442611108
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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