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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Essential Research Methods for Social Work (SW 385R Social Work Research Methods) 3rd Edition

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Allen Rubin has been doing and teaching research since 1976, when he received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Renowned in social work, Dr. Rubin has written several research texts, published numerous research studies on social work practice, and is a past president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.
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Product Details

  • Series: SW 385R Social Work Research Methods
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 3 edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0840029136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0840029133
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for a course. The book arrived in excellent condition and on the early end of the estimated delivery time frame. The main points/study hints at the end of each chapter are helpful in ensuring the intended concepts are grasped.
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Amazingly and surprisingly, this book was fun to read (research is usually dull and mundane). The authors are smart and added some humor in this book as well as informal, conversation-like dialogue to describe aspects of research to capture your attention and keep you interested in reading more (surprising, isn't it?). However, there were some chapters that lived-up to the stereotype that research is anxiety-inducing and frustrating (i.e. makes you quickly age or grow old), since research involves searching and searching again and again and again and again, etc. for information (hence the name "re-search") for relevant information to be included in research papers (don't forget not to plagiarize...). If you enjoy research, you must love sitting in front of a computer all day as well as being a masochist.
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Research is NOT an easy subject in the field of social work, but this text made it easier to follow along and comprehend the many different layers that come along with the topic. It also helped that my professor was fantastic, and made a dry, boring class as fun as she possibly could, but that has nothing to do with the text itself.
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as expected ... saved me a fortune over buying the new edition and honestly I barely even needed the text for the class other than to reference some basic terminology that has not changed through the editions... the only difference between this one and the new is the order of the chapters and a few photos.... two chapters were scaled down and merged into one and other than that it's the same text.... buy the older if you can it saves ya $
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It is as clear and readable as any text I have used for a research class. There are some good case studies used to back up research methods.

As far as Social Work and usefulness for background and basis for research it offers diversity into causes and relatedness to research
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This book is very clear and concise. I used it for a masters level research class and it was very helpful. Overall, easier to understand than other research books and includes lots of information. I highly recommend it.
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Essential Research Methods for Social Work, Third Edition now includes explicit references to the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards' (EPAS) ten core competencies and forty-one recommended practice behaviors. At the end of each chapter, the reader can see the various competency notes elaborated by the authors. Increased attention given to mixed methods inquiries, combining qualitative and quantitative is written in Chapter 3. Also an important addition to this edition is the discussion of ethical and multicultural issues for research. Systematic literature reviews are thoughtfully and completely described within Chapter 5, and Chapter 9 contains an expansion of survey response rates and how to increase them.

There is a book companion website where students can practice quizzes, and have access to web links: [...] .
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This text can be useful when backed into a corner if you are using its readings for course assignments in University. I used this in my Research in Social Work course during my BSW program, probably opened it 10-15 times. The content just is not as helpful as the literature title leads you to believe. I used my Brooks/Cole Human Behavior and the Social Environment 9th Ed. when i was in this course more than the Research Methods material they required. Primarily because the HBSE text is more informative and less repetitive, as well as far less "dry" reading.

I read this whole book. I learned things. But if you can find a more integrated research methods text, go for that!
The references and resources cited are also more commonly than not, outdated and cannot be cited as they are far too old.
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