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Primer for Critiquing Social Research: A Student Guideby Michael John Holosko
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Critique social research with ease with PRIMER FOR CRITIQUING SOCIAL RESEARCH: A STUDENT GUIDE! In a simple, hands-on manner, this text helps you develop the analytical tools and critical thinking skills you need to successfully critique social research. Critiquing is made easy with a book-specific website which offers frequently asked questions, an evaluation template, and other information about the text and its use.
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Rather than a methods text, Holosko (social work, U. of Windsor, Ontario, Canada) offers students of various fields an analytic tool for critiquing both quantitative and qualitative research reports. This supplementary text includes evaluation templates, resources, and suggested further reading on using software in qualitative research. Not indexed. A supporting website is available.
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This practical text shows students how to critique social research in a simple, hands-on manner. Designed for use in conjunction with a core research methods text, it guides students through each element of a research article, thereby helping them to develop the analytical tools and critical thinking skills they need to make an informed assessment of the research study they are critiquing.
About the Author
MICHAEL J. HOLOSKO, Ph.D., M.S.W., is a professor of Social Work at the University of Windsor and adjunct instructor at Norfolk State University. He has taught in schools of: social work (primarily), nursing, public administration, and applied social science in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For the past 26 years, he has been a consultant to a variety of large and small health and human service organizations in the areas of: program evaluation, outcomes, organizational development, communication, leadership, visioning, organizational alignment, and stress management. He has published numerous monographs, chapters, articles, and texts in the areas of evaluation, health care, gerontology, social policy, music intervention, and spirituality. He served on the editorial boards of: Research on Social Work Practice; Journal of Health and Social Policy; Stress, Trauma and Crisis; Journal of Human Behavior and Social Environment; the Hong Kong Journal of Social Work; Journal of Social Service Research and the Journal of Evidence Based Social Work Practice. He has served on numerous boards of directors for a variety of local, provincial, federal, and international human service agencies, including Health and Welfare Canada's Research Advisory Committee. Over the past few years he has taken his concerns for advocacy and social justice to the airwaves, where he is billed as "The Community Doctor" on AM800 CKLW and The New WI out of Windsor, Ontario Canada. He has a wife Ann, son Joel, and daughter Adrienne and currently resides in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to a PRIMER FOR CRITIQUING SOCIAL RESEARCH: A STUDENT GUIDE. 2. Science or not? Research or not? Science and Research. 3. Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research. 4. Writing Clarity, the Title, Author(s) Affiliation, Abstract and References. 5. The Three Main Content Areas of the Quantitative Research Article: Introduction, Method, Results. 6. Introduction: Review of the Literature, Study Purpose. 7. Method: Sample Selection, Study Design, Data Collection Procedures, and Methods. 8. The Results: The Findings, Discussion and Implications. 9. Qualitative Social Research: An Alternative Method. 10. Concluding Remarks. List of Tables. References. Appendix A.
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