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SWK 370 Week 2 Day 2 Notes

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SWK 370 Week 2 Day 2 Notes SWK 947

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Notes on Qualitative and Quantitative research
Social Work Research Methods
Dr. Joy Learman
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Date Created: 08/29/16
SWK 370 8-29-16 1. Research methods of inquiry a. Quantitative i. Precise ii. Generalizable 1. Large enough and representative enough to generally be true of a large population iii. Strict process 1. Follows protocol iv. Numbers focused v. Objective vi. Example: statistical test to determine whether survivors with protection orders are safer 1. On a scale of 1-10 survivors with protection orders reported being safer (average of 8 out of 10) compared to those without protection orders b. Qualitative i. Flexible 1. Less strict with protocol a. Ex. Surveying subjects with a non-numerical response, such as asking individuals without homes how safe they feel b. Evolving process c. Rich observations d. Subjective i. Bias can affect research (not necessarily negative bias, but personal perspectives that can influence methods and conclusions) ii. Be clear about biases and perspectives that you have e. Ex. Interviews with survivors about how police respond when they have a protection order c. Mixed methods – quantitative and qualitative data are both gathered for the same study. This is being used more often for better results. Required for federal studies. d. Videos on black board – watch 2. Strengths and weaknesses a. What are the strengths of qualitative? i. Richer information ii. Good to explore new topics iii. Can gain insight that narrows focus for quantitative research b. Weaknesses of qualitative? i. Opinion mixed with fact ii. Conclusions aren’t as clear iii. Isn’t useful for every research project iv. “Themes” of data are not as structural as numbers v. More challenging for the researcher to process vi. Can’t generalize vii. Hard to replicate c. Strengths of quantitative i. Smaller data sets are more manageable ii. Usually generalizable iii. Possibly better for organizations with less resources iv. Easier to do secondary research (reanalyzing data from previous research) d. Weaknesses of quantitative i. Hard to look at several variables Why Study Research? 1. Reviews of social work effectiveness a. The goal of social work research is to solve practical issues, but i. You can’t assume practices are effective ii. Research knowledge is increasing, but a lot is unknown about what “works” 2. The Need to Critique Research a. To discover what works and prevent harm to clients e. Keep improving practices even is current practice is effective f. Critically evaluate the claims of authorities, tradition, common sense, and popular media 3. Compassion and professional ethics a. As professionals, social workers should aim to provide clients the most effective services b. The NASW code of ethics requires SWKers to remain up to date with relevant research 4. All knowledge is… a. Open to question <<<Exam question! b. Tentative c. Subject to refutation 5. Principles of the scientific method a. “An approach to inquiry that attempts to safeguard against errors commonly made in casual human inquiry.” b. Good research is i. Based on a sample of observations that are large and diverse (empirical) ii. Orderly process which is specified well enough so it will be accurately replicated iii. Honest about possible biases and actively minimizes their effect c. Knowledge is ALWAYS subject to change d. Everything is open to question, oven obvious or well-tested interventions e. Empirical evidence is based on specified and systematic observation-not authority, tradition, or common sense 6. Other ways of knowing a. Tradition: shared meaning and understanding that is often considered obvious b. Authority: knowledge accepted based on the status or power of the messenger c. Common sense: reasoning or commonly held beliefs d. Popular media: television, internet, newspapers, and other popular sources 7. Recognizing flaws in unscientific sources a. Inaccurate observation b. Overgeneralization c. Selective observation d. Ex post facto hypothesizing i. In quantitative research, you have to make the hypothesis BEFOREHAND e. Ego involvement in understanding i. You probably shouldn’t test your own intervention, at least not by yourself f. Ad hominem attack i. Attacking the credibility of a person instead of their argument g. Newness i. Supporting something because it’s new h. Bandwagon i. Popular opinion, “everyone else is doing it” i. Straw person argument i. Distorting an argument in order to attack it 8. Paradigms in SWK research a. Paradigm definition: fundamental mode or scheme that organizes our view of something i. Bigger and broader than a theory b. Variety of paradigms influence how research is conducted c. Positivism i. Emphasizes the pursuit of objectivity in our quest to observe and understand reality 1. Prefer quantitative for objectiveness d. Social constructivist i. Emphasizes multiple subjective realities and the impossibility of being completely objective 1. Prefer qualitative research e. Postmodernist i. Rejects the notion of an objective social reality f. Critical social scientist/feminist paradigm i. Focuses on oppression and its commitment to using research procedures to empower oppressed groups 1. Work in partnership more often than other groups 2. Big focus on cultural competency and more likely to specialize research methods to fit community 3. Qualitative is easier, but either works 9. Difference between paradigms and theories a. Paradigms are general structures for understanding aspects of life b. Theory is a systematic set of interrelated statements to explain aspects of life or how people conduct and find meaning in their life i. Theories often lead to a hypothesis 10. Theory and social work a. Enable us to make sense of patterns in different observations b. Helps direct our inquiry into areas that are more likely to show useful patterns and explanations c. Ex. Theory of Gender and Power i. We live in a patriarchal society, so if a woman interacts with a male he will often have some type of power over her. It influences all interactions. ii. Based on this theory, if there is physical abuse in a relationship, would it increase the rate of transmission of STDs? 1. Yes, as power gap increases, risk increases d. Helps develop useful implications from findings for practice, policy, and research


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