Social Work Research 3 Unit




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Recommended Readings by USC School of Social Work faculty
Soydan, H. (2008). Applying randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews in social work research.

Research on Social Work Practice, 18(4), 311-318. doi:10.1177/10497315073077
Soydan, H. (2009). Evidence-based medicine and knowledge dissemination, translation, and utilization: Challenges of getting evidence based treatments to patient care and service delivery. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 2, 143-149. doi:10.1111/j.1756-5391.2009.01031

Unit 2: Literature Review: Finding Relevant and Rigorous Research

Topics

The formulation of researchable problems―How to locate sources of information

Utilizing library resources

Cataloging research located effectively

Various structures for literature review

Critiquing knowledge bases and reviewing the literature

Reason for writing a proposal this semester

Different types of proposals and writing

Proposal structure

Scientific and logical writing style for compelling proposals

Developing a reasoned argument and use of theory
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 5: Reviewing Literature and Developing Research Questions


Recommended Readings
USC guide to avoiding plagiarism. (n.d.). Available at http://libguides.usc.edu/content.php?pid=83009&sid=616087
Select this link for specific hints: Trojan integrity: a guide to avoiding plagiarism. Available at http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS/forms/tig.pdf
Unit 3: Variables: The Building Blocks of Research

Topics

The definition of variables

Identifying independent and dependent variables

Level of Measurement
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 6: Conceptualization in Quantitative and Qualitative Inquiry
Unit 4: Ethical Practice of Social Work Research

Topics

Experiments with questionable ethics that have led to modern ethical standards

Belmont principles

List of ethical guidelines for social science research

Culturally Competent Research

Institutional review boards
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 16: Ethical Issues in Social Work Research

Chapter 17: Culturally Competent Research

NASW code of ethics. (n.d.). Available from http://www.naswdc.org/pubs/code/

Rice, E. (2010). The positive role of social networks and social networking technology in the condom using behaviors of homeless youth. Public Health Reports, 125(4), 588-595. Retrieved from http://www.publichealthreports.org/archives/issuecontents.cfm?Volume=125&Issue=4
USCs IRB. Retrieved from http://www.usc.edu/admin/provost/irb/
Recommended Readings and Video (Note: recommended materials are not all in APA 6th ed. style)
ABC News (Producer). (2010, March 17). French 'Game of Death' shocks audience, contestants [Video Webcast]. ABC News with Diane Sawyer. Retrieved from http://abcnews.go.com/WN/International/french-game-death-shocks-audience- contestants/story?id=10127881
Aspell, P. S., & Dilanni, D. (1993). The deadly deception. Boston, MA: WGBH Educational Foundation. (Instructor Note: A 60-minutes long PBS documentary of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.)
Haney, C., Banks, C., & Zimbardo, P. (1973). Interpersonal dynamics in a simulated prison. International

Journal of Criminology and Penology, 1, 69-97.

Humphreys, L. (1976). Methods: The sociologist as voyeur. The Research Experience, 100-114. Jones, J. H. (1981). A moral astigmatism. In Bad blood: The Tuskegee syphilis experiment (pp. 1-15).

London: Free Press.
Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral study of obedience. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, 67(4),

371-378.
Tuskegee University. (1997, May 16). Presidential apologyUSPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee [Video



File]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1A-YP24QwA
University of Southern California. (2010). Protection of research subjects. Retrieved from http://www.usc.edu/admin/provost/oprs/upirb/
Vodpod (2008, December 16). The Tuskegee syphilis experiment [Video File]. Retrieved from http://vodpod.com/watch/1230919-the-tuskegee-syphilis-experiment
Zimbardo, P. G. (2010). Stanford Prison experiment [Video File], Retrieved from http://www.prisonexp.org/psychology/2
Unit 5: Finding Research Subjects: Sampling

Topics

Defining the population of interest

Sampling and external validity

Probability sampling techniques

Non-probability sampling techniques

Ethical concerns in sampling

Pragmatics of sampling
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 10: Sampling: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches



Hurlburt, M. S., Leslie, L. K., & Landsverk, J. (2004). Contextual predictors of mental health service use among a cohort of children open to child welfare. Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 1217-1224. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.61.12.1217

Other Works Cited in this Unit
Connexions Consortium. (2010). Sampling simulation. Retrieved from http://cnx.org/content/m11188/latest/
Haahr, M. (2010). Random integer generator. Retrieved from http://www.random.org/integers/
Wiley Higher Education. (2010). Statistics animations. In Instructor companion site. Mann introductory statistics (5th ed.). Retrieved from http://bcs.wiley.com/he- bcs/Books?action=mininav&bcsId=1524&itemId=0471448079&assetId=39918&resourceId=3251
Unit 6: Research Designs: Matching Design to Purpose

Topics

Introduction to research design

Continuum of knowledge

Matching design to purpose and level of knowledge

Survey research designs

Causal inference

Experimental and quasi-experimental designs

Internal and external validity as they relate to design
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 4: Factors Influencing the Research Process

Chapter 11: Experiments and Quasi-experiments
Brekke, J. S., Hoe, M., & Green, M. F. (2009). Neurocognitive change, functional change and service intensity during community-based psychosocial rehabilitation for schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 39(10), 1637-1647. doi:10.1017/S003329170900539X
Rubin, A., & Babbie, E. (2010). Causal inference and quasi-experimental designs. In Research methods for social work (7th ed., pp. 244-270). Belmont, CA: Brooks-Cole Cengage Learning.

(Instructor Note: Posted on ARES.)


Rubin, A., & Babbie, E. (2010). Experimental designs. In Research methods for social work (7th ed., pp.

253-257). Belmont, CA: Brooks-Cole Cengage Learning. (Instructor Note: Posted on ARES.)


Recommended Readings by USC School of Social Work Faculty:
Astor, R. A., Benbenishty, R., & Estrada, J. N. (2009). School violence and theoretically atypical schools: The principal's centrality in orchestrating safe schools. American Educational Research Journal,

46(2), 423-461. doi:10.3102/0002831208329598
Unit 7: Group Designs (Continued) Topics

Threats to internal validity that can be addressed by design

Threats to internal validity that cannot be addressed by design

Threats to external validity related to design
Required Readings
Rubin, A & Babbie, R (2013). Essential Research Methods for Social Work, 3rd Edition.

Chapter 11: Experiments and Quasi-experiments

Whitsett, D. (2006). The psychobiology of trauma and child maltreatment. Cultic Studies Review, 5(3),

351. http://www.icsahome.com/culticstudiesreview/idx_articles.asp

(Instructor Note: USC SW faculty.)
Suggested Review
Rubin, A., & Babbie, E. (2010). Causal inference and quasi-experimental designs. In Research methods for social work (7th ed., pp. 244-270). Belmont, CA: Brooks-Cole Cengage Learning.

(Instructor Note: Posted on ARES.)


Rubin, A., & Babbie, E. (2010). Experimental designs. In Research methods for social work (7th ed., pp.

253-257). Belmont, CA: Brooks-Cole Cengage Learning. (Instructor Note: Posted on ARES.)



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