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.
Sixty-five years ago, American historian Carl Becker made two critical points about historical research. The first was his insistence that historical writing must be useful and have some application to better understanding our world and, second, that it invariably reflected the needs of those who wrote it (Nord, 1998). These observations are probably as true today as they were then and are as relevant to our profession as to many others.
Social work, as well as sister disciplines such as economics, political science, religious studies, sociology, and theology, has widely incorporated historical research in its knowledge base. Historians are well aware of the subjectivity of their methodology, the inevitability of competing visions ...