In the present moment, the centrality of the criminal justice in how our society approaches substance use and abuse is under renewed scrutiny. Students will independently read and watch videos assigned by the instructor and address in a critical and reflective manner on how social work practice with people who use drugs would be different in a world where drug use was not criminalized.
This exercise guides students through reading and outlining an empirical journal article. It reviews the basic structure of empirical journal articles and prompts students to take detailed notes of each article as they read.
This exercise guides students through how to outline a non-empirical (theoretical, philosophical, practical) journal article. Students are prompted to take detailed notes as they read within a structured format.
This short guidebook provides information about selecting a research topic and research questions, searching for literature, reading and understanding scholarly writing, and writing a literature review to synthesize what is known and what remains to be learned about a social problem. For students who appreciate the availability of resources on the internet, it also provides links to additional materials. It can be used with its companion textbook, Foundations of Social Work Research by Rebecca L. Mauldin and Matthew DeCarlo, or as a stand-alone guide.
This folder contains a prompt for a research proposal, scaffolded exercises to create a proposal over the course of a semester, and exemplars from a student who completed the assignments well.
Content warning: suicide, LGBTQ oppression, depression.
As an introductory textbook for social work students studying research methods, this book guides students through the process of creating a research project. Students will learn how to discover a researchable topic that is interesting to them, examine scholarly literature, formulate a proper research question, design a quantitative or qualitative study to answer their question, carry out the design, interpret quantitative or qualitative results, and disseminate their findings to a variety of audiences. Examples are drawn from the author's practice and research experience, as well as topical articles from the literature. The textbook is aligned with the Council on Social Work Education's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Students and faculty can download copies of this textbook using the links provided in the front matter.
This is a test module for the Social Work Distance Education conference. The materials are drawn from the open textbook Critical Inquiry in Social Work, adapted by Matt DeCarlo. This book was adapted from Principles of Sociological Inquiry – Qualitative and Quantitative Methods by Susan Blackstone.