Appraising and Using Social Research in the Human Services: An Introduction for Social Work and Health Professionalsby Michael Sheppard Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Exploring the range of research methodologies used in health and social care, from randomised control trials to surveys, interviews, experimental designs and ethnographic approaches, Michael Sheppard discusses the strengths and limitations of each and shows the reader how to identify the assumptions underlying them.
Sheppard uses case examples from practice to demonstrate how research messages can be applied in a range of situations, from developing social services for ethnic minority groups to working with an individual suffering from mental illness. Each chapter includes exercises and questions to test the reader's understanding of key concepts in each chapter, as well as examples of research articles for guided discussion. Appraising and Using Social Research in the Human Services is both a core textbook for social work undergraduates and a useful resource for all trainers, practitioners, service managers and postqualifying students in health and social care.
Preface / Introduction / Appraising and Using Social Research in the Human Services / Some Key Issues in Appraising Social Research / Questionnaire Design for Quantitative Research: Structured Instruments / Surveys and Sampling / Experimental and Quasi Experimental Designs / The Qualitative Interview / Ethnography and Practice / Content Analysis and Grounded Theory / Qualitative Evaluation / Multimethod Research / Afterword / Glossary of Key Terms in Social Research / References / Index.