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The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research

The Routledge Handbook of Social Work Practice Research

Author: Lynette Joubert Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

The Routledge Handbook of Practice Research is the first book to focus on practice research for social work. Bringing together leading scholars in the field from Europe, the USA and the Asia Pacific region, it provides an up-to-the minute overview of the latest thinking in practice research whilst also providing practical advice on how to undertake practice research in the field. Divided into six sections: Introduction State of the Art Methodologies Pedagogies Applications Expanding the Frontiers the range of topics discussed will enhance student development as well as increase the capacity of practitioners to conduct research, develop coordinating and leadership roles and liaise with multiple stakeholders who will strengthen the context base for practice research. As such, this handbook will be essential reading for all social work students, practitioners and academics as well as those working in other health and social care settings.

Transmissions Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research

Transmissions Critical Tactics for Making and Communicating Research

Author: Kat (Goldsmiths College, University of London) Jungnickel Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2020

Researchers rethink tactics for inventing and disseminating research, examining the use of such unconventional forms as poetry, performance, catalogs, interactive machines, costume, and digital platforms. Transmission is the research moment when invention meets dissemination-the tactical combination of making (how theory, methods, and data shape research) and communicating (how research is shown and shared). In this book, researchers from a range of disciplines examine tactics for the transmission of research, exploring such unconventional forms as poetry, performance, catalogs, interactive machines, costume, and digital platforms. Focusing on transmissions draws attention to a critical part of the research process commonly overlooked and undervalued. Too often, the results of radically experimental research methodologies are pressed into conventional formats. The contributors to Transmissions rethink tactics for making and communicating research as integral to the kind of projects they do, pushing against disciplinary edges with unexpected and creative combinations and collaborations. Each chapter focuses on a different tactic of transmission. One contributor merges literary styles of the empirical and poetic; another uses an angle grinder to construct machines of enquiry. One project invites readers to participate in an exchange about value; another provides a series of catalog cards to materialize ordering systems of knowledge. All the contributors share a commitment to uniting the what with the how, firmly situating their transmissions in their research and in each unique chapter of this book. Contributors Nerea Calvillo, Rebecca Coleman, Larissa Hjorth, Janis Jefferies, Kat Jungnickel, Sarah Kember, Max Liboiron, Kristina Lindstroem, Alexandra Lippman, Bonnie Mak, Julien McHardy, Julia Pollack, Ingrid Richardson, Asa Stahl, Laura Watts

America by the Numbers Quantification, Democracy, and the Birth of National Statistics

America by the Numbers Quantification, Democracy, and the Birth of National Statistics

How new techniques of quantification shaped the New Deal and American democracy. When the Great Depression struck, the US government lacked tools to assess the situation; there was no reliable way to gauge the unemployment rate, the number of unemployed, or how many families had abandoned their farms to become migrants. In America by the Numbers, Emmanuel Didier examines the development in the 1930s of one such tool: representative sampling. Didier describes and analyzes the work of New Deal agricultural economists and statisticians who traveled from farm to farm, in search of information that would be useful for planning by farmers and government agencies. Didier shows that their methods were not just simple enumeration; these new techniques of quantification shaped the New Deal and American democracy even as the New Deal shaped the evolution of statistical surveys. Didier explains how statisticians had to become detectives and anthropologists, searching for elements that would help them portray America as a whole. Representative surveys were one of the most effective instruments for their task. He examines pre-Depression survey techniques; the invention of the random sampling method and the development of the Master Sample; and the application of random sampling by employment experts to develop the Trial Census of Unemployment.

Mixing Methods in Social Research Qualitative, Quantitative and Combined Methods

Mixing Methods in Social Research Qualitative, Quantitative and Combined Methods

Author: Ralph P. Hall Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/04/2020

This book provides a straightforward, student-focused introduction to doing mixed methods research, covering everything from why and when mixed methods is appropriate, as well as how to use qualitative and quantitative methods in tandem. Assuming no prior research methods knowledge, it introduces mixed methods alongside basic research theory and principles, fully integrating mixed methods into the research methods foundation. With clearly defined key terms and a structure that maps to the way students work on their projects, it progresses at a gradual pace suitable for mixed methods beginners. Offering encouragement and tips for success throughout the full research process, Hall helps students confidently: - Explain mixed methods paradigms and methodologies - Define and choose a research approach - Combine methods effectively - Sample, collect, and analyze primary and secondary data - Communicate and write up results. Packed with tables, figures, and boxes that distill key concepts into retainable visuals, this book is the perfect companion to support students on their mixed methods projects.

Mixing Methods in Social Research Qualitative, Quantitative and Combined Methods

Mixing Methods in Social Research Qualitative, Quantitative and Combined Methods

Author: Ralph P. Hall Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2020

This book provides a straightforward, student-focused introduction to doing mixed methods research, covering everything from why and when mixed methods is appropriate, as well as how to use qualitative and quantitative methods in tandem. Assuming no prior research methods knowledge, it introduces mixed methods alongside basic research theory and principles, fully integrating mixed methods into the research methods foundation. With clearly defined key terms and a structure that maps to the way students work on their projects, it progresses at a gradual pace suitable for mixed methods beginners. Offering encouragement and tips for success throughout the full research process, Hall helps students confidently: - Explain mixed methods paradigms and methodologies - Define and choose a research approach - Combine methods effectively - Sample, collect, and analyze primary and secondary data - Communicate and write up results. Packed with tables, figures, and boxes that distill key concepts into retainable visuals, this book is the perfect companion to support students on their mixed methods projects.

The Tradition of the Chicago School of Sociology

The Tradition of the Chicago School of Sociology

Author: Luigi Tomasi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

The value of the book lies in its reassessment of the distinctive features of the Chicago School, of its contributions in the theoretical and methodological fields and of its influence on the growth of sociology throughout the world and in America in particular. The book pays particularly close attention to the eclectic nature of the research methods used by the Chicago sociologists as they sought to integrate subjective and objective aspects of human life. It demonstrates that this eclecticism formed an integral part of their theories but also emphasises that empirical observation, too, was important, although not as an end in itself. While, for example, they were working on the concepts of organization, marginality and interaction, they did not consider these as ends in themselves but as additions to the development of a more general theoretical approach. Often in the past, and wrongly, Chicago's theoretical contribution has been restricted to the urban sector. The book clearly and unequivocally reveals how the tendency to see the Chicago School as a 'theoretical' is the result of misinterpretation and of a failure to realize that, for the sociologists of the period, understanding the social dynamics of the city of Chicago was tantamount to interpreting the central tendencies of modern society itself. The book analyzes how empirical observation was important but not an end in itself. The Chicago School developed a profusion of sociological theories in many areas of inquiry and never opted for any one particular approach. The various essays in the book also make it clear that the School decisively contributed to the development of qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Measuring The Quality Of Life Across Countries A Multidimensional Analysis

Measuring The Quality Of Life Across Countries A Multidimensional Analysis

Author: Daniel Slottje Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2020

This book discusses the methods used to create quality of the life indexes. It suggests that economic liberty gives a considerably different view of the quality of life and provides a synthesis by combining the life attributes, both physical and environmental into a final set of world rankings.

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

Theory Construction and Model-Building Skills A Practical Guide for Social Scientists

This accessible, hands-on text has now been revised and updated, with expanded coverage of topics including how theory may emerge from exploratory data analysis. The book prepares graduate students, new researchers, and even seasoned investigators to develop their own theories and build on existing ones. Concrete strategies are provided to help readers generate ideas, define constructs, and think through relationships and processes that link constructs. Compelling examples from multiple disciplines illustrate the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods orientations to theory construction. The text also offers practical advice for writing effectively about theories in papers and grant applications. Readers learn by doing via application and concept exercises, demonstration boxes, and practical guidelines. The extensive companion website includes PowerPoint slides of all of the book's figures, primers on advanced topics, video demonstrations, supplemental exercises, and other resources. New to This Edition *Emergent theory is now covered in mixed methods as well as qualitative approaches, plus in a new chapter on exploratory quantitative methods that can help generate new theory through data mining. *Chapter on whether and how to revise a theory when faced with disconfirmatory data. *Two chapters on the theoretical underpinnings of measurement practices. *New or expanded discussions of what constitutes a theoretical contribution, conceptual logic models, thought experiments, and more. Pedagogical Features *Application and concept exercises in every chapter. *Lists of key terms and engaging topical boxes. *Annotated suggestions for further reading. *New companion website with rich resources for students and instructors. *Chapters stand on their own and can be used in any order.

: The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (1989) Herbert Blumer and the Chicago Tradition

: The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (1989) Herbert Blumer and the Chicago Tradition

Author: Martyn (The Open University, UK) Hammersley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Originally published in 1989, The Dilemma of Qualitative Method is a stimulating guide to the discussion of qualitative versus quantitative approaches to social research, originated in nineteenth-century debates about the relationship between the methods of history and natural science. One of the key theorists in this area was Chicago sociologist Herbert Blumer. The book analyses the historical context of the dispute and provides a detailed account and systematic analysis Blumer's methodological writings including his doctoral thesis. The strategies for qualitative research advocated by Blumer within the Chicago tradition are reviewed and assessed.

Barriers to Rebuilding the African American Community Understanding the Issues Facing Today's African Americans from a Social Work Perspective

Barriers to Rebuilding the African American Community Understanding the Issues Facing Today's African Americans from a Social Work Perspective

Author: Tywan Ajani Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2020

Barriers to Rebuilding the African American Community explores the major threats and roots affecting both America's most racially polarized periods as well as the major issues plaguing the African American community. The author provides intelligent insight into the deeper roots of America's long history and struggle with racism as well as the solution. The author shows through how a background investigation of medical science, culture, and social policy can propel or subdue an entire people group, and examines research on the A.C.E.S. (Adverse Childhood Experiences), which affects all communities regardless of race. This book is an exciting and well-researched expose into one of America's most electrifying socio-political movements.