The Handbook of Social Work Research Methods represents an area that we have several other publications coming out and a market we actively reach. In addition, Bruce Thyer is the editor of the journal Research in Social Work Practice and expressed interest in updating the book along with the other two candidates. In the field of social work, qualitative research is starting to gain more prominence as are mixed methods and various issues regarding race, ethnicity and gender. These changes in the field will be reflected and updated in the second edition of the handbook. It will also contain more on meta analysis, designs to evaluate treatment and will provide more support to help students harness the power of the Internet. The original mission of the handbook was to bring together leading scholars to write about research methods in social work. The second edition will stay true to this mission but will also attempt to be more student friendly and will be offered in a paperback edition. We will also make a greater effort to promote the book as a textbook, as we will do with the other two handbooks.

Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research

Reliability and Validity in Qualitative Research

Cynthia S. Franklin Patricia A. Cody Michelle Ballan

Historically, qualitative research methods have been used with success to develop knowledge in the social sciences. In current-day practice, qualitative approaches are once again gaining considerable momentum as useful methods for building knowledge in social work and other allied helping professions (Finlay & Ballinger, 2006; Padgett, 2008; Pope & Mays, 2006). Qualitative approaches are encouraged, for example, in mixed methods, studies designed to be more flexible and expedient for studying practice outcomes in community settings (Franklin & Hopson, 2007). More than ever, it is important for qualitative researchers to use rigor in the design of qualitative studies and emulate the scientific ...

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