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.

An Overview of Quantitative Research Methods

An Overview of Quantitative Research Methods

Phyllis Solomon Jeffrey Draine

Social work practitioners have multiple ways of gaining knowledge and understanding about their clients and the intervention strategies to help their clients. Frequently, they learn through their own experiences in the field and from the practice wisdom of their supervisors and coworkers who have been doing this work for years. Although these approaches are based on personal observations and logical reasoning, the validity of these assumed truisms might be questionable. We know that the logic of an idea does not make it true. Similarly, our conclusions in observing phenomena can easily be distorted if we only rely on our individual experiences. For example, when we have a group ...

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