Written with beginning graduate students in mind, Research for the Helping Professions focuses on the helping professional as a consumer of reserach as well as a "doer." With the help of this clearly written book, students with little or no background in research will learn to evaluate the research they read and see its application to their own lives and jobs. In addition, the book gives students the guidance they need to conduct research for their graduate programs. Each chapter opens with a vignette that shows a student, Maria Gonzalez, actually doing a research project. These vignettes follow Maria as she prepares to do her research project and then through every step as she progresses.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Human Service Research. 2. Information Gathering and Analysis: Becoming Knowledgeable About an Area of Research. 3. Getting Started: Developing the Research Plan. 4. Planning for Data Collection: Methods for Collecting Data. 5. Internal Validity. 6. External Validity. 7. Cultural Factors Related to Research. 8. Describing Events: Nonexperimental Research. 9. Understanding and Designing Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Research Studies. 10. Making Sense of Results: Analyzing Research Data. 11. Sharing Research Results: Publication and Dissemination of Research. Appendices. Glossary. References. Index.