Week_3_The_Research_Process

Week_3_The_Research_Process - III Methods— Who What Where...

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ScWk 240 Week 3 9/12/08 The Research Process
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Overview I. Problem formulation, developing study aims, research questions II. Conducting literature review III. Designing the study: Methods IV. Analyzing data: Results/findings V. Discussing the results: Discussion and Implications
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I. Problem formulation Identifying interest area as topic. “This research examines…” Why is this research important? And relevance to social work Purpose of the research Exploratory vs. Descriptive vs. Explanatory (or Evaluative) research The research question(s) and hypothesis(es)
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II. Literature Review What are the purposes of a lit review? Student reports: Conducing the lit review for research: Keyword searches Resources—Articles Database Journals vs. popular press vs. internet Ask a Librarian, when in doubt Susana Liu Librarian assigned to SSW (408) 808 2088 [email protected] For Assignment #2, your research questions and hypothesis will be moved to the end of the lit review
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Unformatted text preview: III. Methods— Who, What, Where, How? • Research design • Target population, sampling strategy • Study site • Variables and measurement • Human subjects considerations • Study procedures • Analysis plan • Study design limitations IV. Results • Statistical analysis of data • For qualitative components—results of coding and analyses of themes • Straight reporting—just the facts (often organized by research question) V. Discussing and Interpreting Results • Did the findings answer your research questions? • Were hypotheses supported? • If not, what were the possible reasons? • Were there unexpected findings? VI. Implications of Study • For social work practice • For social work policy • In the Transcultural context • What would be logical next steps for research e.g. to address the limitations in this study)?...
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