SWK6402 Applied Methods in Social Work Research
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COURSE DESCRIPTION ¶This course builds upon content presented in Practice Research (SWK6401) and contains the focus on: problem formulation, conceptualization and operationalization of variables, use of measurement instruments, logic of research design (including sampling and design selection), ethical and legal Issues, quantitative and qualitative modes of observation, analysis of data, use of computers and computer programs, and research report writing. ¶Applied Methods in Social Work Research, a second course in research methodology, surveys the major designs used in social work. Abstract concepts are integrated into a hands-on research project. The student participates in a team or individual research project and learns the basics of conducting social work research, the ability to locate and integrate literature, and skills in writing about research. The research project is usually a secondary analysis of a sample of a large well-designed survey. In addition to the cognitive aspects, the course will also concentrate on two practical areas; the application of research principles through students' participation in group or individual research projects, and the development of library and research communication skills. ¶Research is presented as a logical extension of service delivery, rooted in the ethical imperative not to harm clients and to ensure that the methods employed in service delivery are effective. The course demonstrates the connection between foundation practice and research in that students will learn how to evaluate the utility of social research as it informs social work practice in the context of service delivery to clients.
Auerbach, Chales. (2021, Fall), Syllabus, SWK6402 Applied Methods in Social Work Research, https://www.yu.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/APPLIED%20METHODS%20IN%20SW%20RESEARCH-SWK%206402.pdf .
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