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Research Made Simple

Research Made Simple
A Handbook for Social Workers

February 1996 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"Raymond Mark has extended his choreography of a modern ballet of social work research, continuing to combine the classical integrity of statistical techniques with the latest problems of planning and implementation, a kind of researcher's 'rodeo.'. . . One hopes this book's use as a teaching instrument, and its application as a research stimulus and guide, will encourage both students and practitioners to work harder at achieving a sounder integration of theory and practice in social work." --from the Foreword by Chauncey A. Alexander Designed to provide students with a nontechnical, easy-to-understand guide, Research Made Simple will help relieve the anxiety often associated with research methods courses. Author Raymond Mark provides the raw materials that will allow students to read a research report, understand its findings, and judge the accuracy of its conclusion. This concise, practical volume covers the full range of material presented in most social science research methods courses, but can also be used as a "how-to" guide for professionals on the basics of the research process. The topics covered range from basic concepts about the scientific method, fundamental terms, and the initial steps of the research process, to developing and implementing a complete research plan. Separate in-depth chapters discuss research ethics, qualitative approaches, program evaluation, statistical hypothesis testing, and computer applications for researchers. A unique feature of this volume is the presence of an entire chapter devoted to gender- and culture-sensitive research that addresses the increasing need for diversity in research. Each chapter concludes with end-of-chapter discussion questions and short assignments for review. Equipped with tables, appendixes, and a glossary, this user-friendly volume will make research methods highly approachable. Research Made Simple will prove to be an invaluable resource for beginning classes in research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and it will provide a solid foundation for those pursuing advanced studies of research methods.

Chauncey A Alexander
Research and the Scientific Method
Understanding Research Vocabulary
Gender- and Culture-Sensitive Research
Defining a Research Problem and Using the Library to Search the Literature
Group Research Designs
An Alternative to Group Research Designs
The Logic of Elaboration

An Alternative to Group Research Designs
Single-Subject Designs

Qualitative Research
Program Evaluation
Sources of Data
Questionnaires, Interviews, Schedules, and Available Materials

Reliability and Validity of Measurement
How to Analyze Data
Statistical Hypothesis Testing
Computer Uses

I like the way that this author presents the material in a simpler way than other texts. This is great for beginning social work students. I also like the definitions included in each chapter.

Miss Lawanna Lancaster
Social Work Dept, Northwest Nazarene University
January 22, 2013

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