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.
While other types of research outlined in this text may be unfamiliar to some students, survey research should be very familiar. It's hard to be on a college campus today without encountering numerous types of surveys; online surveys from the university's information technology services may ask students to describe their use of campus e-mail, a student health center may conduct patient satisfaction surveys, activists may gather on campus to survey students about their political opinions, and campus housing staff may go door to door to find out what types of recreational activities students would enjoy.
Surveys are found in numerous settings; they are used to gather information about everything from job ...