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HWC 313 Class Note 2

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HWC 313 Class Note 2 HWC 313

Dana Mass
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These notes are from class session two. It also includes the activity we went over with examples.
Research in Social Work I
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Dana Mass on Wednesday September 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to HWC 313 at Stony Brook University taught by Diana Filiano in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see Research in Social Work I in Social Welfare BASW (SOC WF) at Stony Brook University.

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Date Created: 09/07/16
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 HWC 313 Research in Social Work: Class Notes HW: Read Chapter 4 Literature Search: Come up with research question, tell professor words or phrases that you will use, print out 15-25 articles relevant to topic (citation from databases), identify 10 of the most relevant articles and put in bibliography (APA Format) ** Meet in HSC Library Computer Classroom #1 next class** Competency 4: Engage in Practice- Informed Research and Research- Informed Practice - Research helps us understand what is going on in our practice. - Bread eating statistics: - More than 98% of convicted felons are bread eaters. - Every piece of bread you eat brings you nearer to death - 99.9% of all people who die from cancer has died from eating bread - 100% of all soldiers have eaten bread - Sometimes the ridiculous statistic is more memorable. The numbers make people “shut down” and if it is in print it is completely accurate* - Do the variables make sense? Variables are concepts and they need to go together. Do the concepts have some relevance? - There is causation (one thing causes another), correlation, and association (things happen at the same time). - Ex: studying gets us good grades (correlation/ association) - Research is about logically putting things together. - Language: listen to what the language is, the words mean what they mean. - Reliable: dependable, responsible, prompt, someone you can trust, people that support us which has happened probably more than once. *Over and over again there will be the same result* - Reliability in research: a measure will give us the information we need. - Ex: Ruler, 12 inches, measuring a folder. We want it to give the measurements we need for our research. Chapter 1: - In research we want to look at patterns and document them rather than documenting every single person. - Ex: Weather, homelessness, voting (all are patterns) - Social research helps us figure out patterns. We look at large groups in order to find this information. - The patterns we find can help us solve issues. - Ex: With competency 4, in regards to medication, we can determine how it affects people which is practice-informed, but the information we gain from doing that research helps others which becomes research- informed practice. - Social patterns are not natural law. If it was natural law, we would not need to research it. - Ex: Medications can affect people differently which means it is not following natural laws. Some people need more than others. - We look at similar characteristics to find out social patterns. 1 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - What research tries to do is to get out of just our experiences. We want to get out of anecdotal experiences and use research to find other interests. We want it to be relevant and expansive. (Moving from quantitative to qualitative information) - Research informs our practice, policy and funding - We always want to make sure we are generating knowledge. Using old knowledge will not help with what is going on today in the present. Some things may remain the same, but keeping up with knowledge and information will only benefit our practice. - We know things by tradition but it may not always be right. (usually bias) - We learn things from: authority (It may not always be true), peer review journals (people in your field are reviewing the work proving its credibility) personal experiences, common sense, media (can be influenced by myths) - Research is the problem solving method. Jumping to solutions is not the way to solve a problem, its taking in information and assessing it in order to figure out a well thought out solution. There should be a needs assessment done, especially with working with clients, before we just pick a solution. - Observe - Measure - Make assumptions based on observation - Test out assumption - Revise assumption Activity: - Experiment: something that is cause and effect, if something actually produces a result. We look to achieve something. We cannot have any experimental designs in social work. - Ex: Driving different routes to see which gets you somewhere the fastest Studying methods Trying new food Playing a trick on someone - Survey: asking people’s opinions. Taking tests are surveys because the test is looking for feedback. Trying to get information to determine something. - Survey about taking a trip somewhere - Interviews: clarity is very important. Questions that are clear will have a clear response. - Meeting new people - Hiring people for jobs - Talk show hosts with their guests - Dating - Field Research: - People watching - Participant Observation - Dean telling you to answer questions based on a class you are in but the professor does not know about these questions from the dean - Content Analysis: Analyzing content/ material - Radio talk shows - Evaluation: not testing something out but measuring something before or after. When you do something, does it have a benefit? - Dieting, you take the weight before and want to see results after. - Attending a group for people in recovery. 2 Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - Over the counter medication, how you feel before and after taking it. - Sampling: - Trying something before you do it again - Meet a person from somewhere and not care for them and say that everyone from that place is horrible. - Quantification: grouping things based on number - Rating something on amazon - At the gym doing different reps - Qualitative: very little information and gaining information from what you observe. Grouping and categorizing either positively or negatively. - Focus groups - Individual interviews, meeting certain criteria 3


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