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.

Oral History Studies

Oral History Studies

Natalie Ames Stephene Diepstra

Oral history research is used in social work as well as in other disciplines, including history, sociology, psychology, gerontology, anthropology, nursing, women's studies, and education (Cole & Knowles, 2001). Many oral history studies focus on individuals, but they can also focus on groups, organizations, communities, specific social classes, ethnic groups, genders, or cultural beliefs and practices (Luken & Vaughan, 1999; Yegedis & Weinbach, 2006). Oral history is especially useful for gathering information from people whose cultural backgrounds may encompass strong oral traditions, for example, African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, refugees, and others who value storytelling as a means of preserving culture and history (Andrada & Korte, 1993; Carlton-LeNey, 1992; Martin, 1987; Traver, ...

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