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Research for Social Workers : An Introduction to Methods : 3rd Edition - Margaret Alston

Research for Social Workers

An Introduction to Methods : 3rd Edition


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Social work is developing its own research orientation and knowledge base, springing from the research traditions of sociology and psychology and grounded in human rights and social justice. Effective social research relies on critical thinking and the ability to view situations from new perspectives. It is relevant to every area of social work practice: from the initial stages of an intervention, to planning a course of action, and finally evaluating practice. Research for Social Workers is an accessible introduction to the research methods most commonly used in social work and social welfare. The major stages of research projects are outlined step by step, including analysing results and reporting. Research for Social Workers is written in non-technical language for students and practitioners without a strong maths background. Illustrated with examples from across the world, this book captures the realities of social work research in a wide range of settings. End of chapter exercises and questions make this an ideal introduction to research methods. This third edition is fully revised and updated. It includes new chapters on systematic reviews and research in crisis situations, as well as more substantial coverage of statistics.

About the Author

Margaret Alston OAM is Professor of Social Work and Head of Department at Monash University. She is Director of the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit at Monash and has published widely in the areas of gender, social work, rural social issues and climate change. Wendy Bowles is Associate Professor in Social Work and Human Services at Charles Sturt University. She is also co-author of Ethical Practice in Social Work: An applied approach and writes in the areas of rural social work practice and education, social work ethics and disability issues.



1. Social work research

2. Choosing your topic area

3. Developing research questions

4. Steps in the research process

5. Sampling

6. Surveys and interviews

7. Needs identification and analysis

8. How do I evaluate my program?

9. Action research

10. Best practice evaluation

11. Other methods

12. Producing results: qualitative research

13. Producing results: quantitative research

14. Statistics for social workers

15. Influencing policy and practice




ISBN: 9781742378893
ISBN-10: 1742378897
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 1st September 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 3