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HWC 313 Class Note 6

by: Dana Mass

HWC 313 Class Note 6 HWC 313

Dana Mass
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These notes go over what we discussed in class. Next weeks class will be going over the midterm.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Dana Mass on Wednesday October 5, 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 3 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: 10/05/16
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 HWC 313 Class Note 6 - We find a topic that interests us then we can figure out if there is a purpose. - Once we find out if there isa purpose, we can organize the research in a design. - How do we define and measure variables. - Research process - Problem identification - Exploratory/ descriptive - Qualitative/ quantitative *most of the time it is a combination of both*, figure out what aspect is what - What kind of study you plan to do: survey, interview, experiment, looking at statistics. (Exploratory/ Descriptive) - Experiences of people and their feelings = quantitative/ surveys/ interviews - Comparing experiences of people = look at case files/ find statistics - *External Validity - Concepts: what you want to measure - Experimental designs need to be very specific - Qualitative: “For the purpose of this study we loosely define variables and concepts…”, we don't want to confine and we don't truly know what this concept means to you, its about the population. - Basic research: explanatory research, we have a hypothesis and we are looking for cause and effect. It is referring to the clear and scientific method. Support or refute. - Applied research: practitioners rather than academics. Address issues being experienced by people. Less rigorous because constraints are less. Collect data by written surveys or making calls. It is not experimental and is not seeking to prove anything, it is looking at why and how things are happening and how we can fix it. - Ex: Needs assessments/ outcome evaluation - Cross sectional research: what you will see in applied research. to take a cross section of something is to take a snapshot in time. Its of a particular group of a particular circumstance. - Longitudinal study: takes multiple data collections across time. - Ex: Collecting data from semester one from one group and then collecting data at the end of semester two of the same group. - A panel longitudinal: same people over time - Time series longitudinal study: a different group is studied at the same time every year. - Ex: Studying juniors in the BSW program their first semester in 2016, then studying juniors in the BSW program their first semester in 2017. - Case study (applied research) - Measurement: - Concepts: “What do I mean by this”, we cant measure it until we know what it means. We need the data so we can categorize. - Categories: age/ sex/ highest level of education - We need to know how to mark distinctions and we cannot make assumptions - We want to find attributes of our research, its what describes the variable. - Conceptual definitions: ideas, dictionary definitions, how you will describe and define what that means. What needs to be measured. - Operational definitions: how we translate the variable into something observable, how do we measure it. The tool for measuring. 1 Wednesday, October 5, 2016 ** Group work: looking at conceptual definitions and operational definitions** 2


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