This is the second in a sequence of two courses that present concepts of the social work research process as well as the methods that are employed. This course will expand on the methods of assessment and evaluation which are important to a generalist practice. In this course, students will be introduced to various aspects of research design, including, problem definition, ethical research practice, cultural sensitive research practice, and a variety of different research methods. Attention will be focused on understanding the research issues and applying them in practice settings. The application will be reinforced through course assignments.
After successful completion of this course, student will be able to: 1) Develop an understanding and an awareness of the importance of research in the social work profession; 2) Identify and describe the various steps in the research process; 3) Assess the quality of research in current professional journal articles, especially as it relates to quality, relevance, and utility for social work practice; 4) Critique specific pieces of research for its ability to attend to the needs presented by culturally diverse client populations; 5) Protect research respondents and be familiar with ethical issues that warrant attention in conducting research and know appropriate ways to avoid or resolve potential dilemmas; 6) Demonstrate proficient use of library and other resources to locate relevant literature.
planning and contracting
In the “Great Flood” God provided Noah with specific instructions to follow. Social Research is very similar in taking information in the same way such knowledge is necessary for both understanding and utilizing research findings to inform practice as well as planning and carrying out research related to social work practice and social welfare issues.
Students will understand qualitative and quantitative methods for evaluating outcomes and practice effectiveness. As well as other multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks in the evaluation of outcomes
Developing Evidence Based Practices by collecting and assessing data
using appropriate practice research knowledge