Practising Social Work Research: Case Studies for Learning: Second Edition

Rick Csiernik*, Rachel Birnbaum

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Research skills are as critical to social work practitioners as skills in individual and group counselling, policy analysis, and community development. Adopting strategies similar to those used 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. This second edition of Practising Social Work Research comprises twenty-three case studies that illustrate different research approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, single-subject, and mixed methods. Six are new to this edition, and examine research with First Nations, organizing qualitative data, and statistics. 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 research procedures, Practising Social Work Research capitalizes on the strengths that social work students bring to assessment and problem solving.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages348
ISBN (Electronic)9781487510480
ISBN (Print)9781487520151
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


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