SW 335 Social Work Research
FA 2007 HO
MSW, LCSWCSAC IICPS
8/20/07 - 12/15/07
11:35 - 12:50 PM
SW 205 MA 120
Research Methods for Social Workers (5th edition), Yegidis B. L.; Wenibach
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We are forever students of life. As the world evolves, so must we if we are going to be effective. There are times when silence isn’t golden and you must ask questions not to only gain knowledge but to understand. It’s through knowledge that we can effect change..
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Exams (LO 1-4, 6)
· Behavior Change Project (LO 1-6)
· Critique of Research Article (LO 1-6)
· Core Assessment: Evaluation of Practice (LO 1-4, 6)
Behavior Change Project, Critique of Research Articles, Evaluation of Practice, Two Exams, and Attendance Participation. Further details on these assignments will be distributed in class. Written assignments are to be double spaced, 12 font size, typed or word processed, APA style. CO refers to course objectives met, noted in parenthesis.
Exams: There will be two exams in this class. The instructor will provide a study guide a week prior to the exam.
Behavior Change Project: Each student will select a behavior of their own that they want to change. You will operationally define that behavior, design observation data sheets, conduct and record self-monitoring observations, enlist another (class peer, friend, family member) to conduct inter-observer reliability data collection, identify and implement an intervention, submit a written report of the project, and present the study in class. The final report and presentation must include a discussion of how such a study might be applied in a generalist social work practice setting. The target behavior must be one that you will be comfortable disclosing and discussing in class. The target behavior should not be one that could reasonably be expected to result in a risk of harm to you or others, or a behavior most commonly addressed under professional guidance. The target behavior and planned intervention will need to be approved by the course instructor to be used for this project. The written report will need to be completed in American Psychological Association (APA) format for research reports. The classroom presentation will be graded on organization of the presentation and materials. At least three types of media presentation (e.g., power point, posters, role plays, video, etc.) will be needed in order to obtain full credit. The student will be required to indicate how their research could be improved. The class will meet regularly to talk about their self-change project. They will consider each students progress and offer suggestions. Each student will show their data to the group and turn in graphed data on a weekly basis. Each section of the paper and graph will be reviewed by the instructor who will offer comments that will result in a better paper. This exercise in research will expose the student to single subject research, which is more applicable in the clinical setting. Each student will also get to experience the difficulties and pitfalls that can occur when trying to change their own behavior. This will lead to more empathy towards clients who are trying to change behavior patterns and will alert the student to possible pitfalls that occur under such conditions. (CO1-6)
Critique of Research Articles: Identify and select four examples of published research relevant to the generalist practice of social work. Complete a written critique of each article based upon checklist below and be prepared to facilitate a class discussion relative to the article and your critique. The critique should include discussion of the studies relevance to generalist social work practice and considerations as to how the study might be improved upon. (CO1-7) This checklist provides a summary of some of the main criteria for critiquing research articles. When critiquing an article, it is suggested that you first indicate on a separate piece of paper your numerical rating for each criterion and enter a brief comment besides each rating of major importance in guiding your overall evaluation of that particular article. You may rate each criterion on the following four-point scale: 1) Excellent; 2) Good; 3) Fair; 4) Poor; NA Not Applicable. (Not applicable may for example refer to experimental controls when critiquing a descriptive, exploratory, and qualitative study.) After rating each criterion, you may sum your ratings. Because of the not applicable your overall rating of the article should be a mean criterion score (between 1-4) obtained as follows:
Sum of ratings (Excluding NAs). Number of Criteria minus those that are not applicable or NA.
o Clarity of purposes and research questions.
o Clarity of conceptual framework and relationship to prior studies.
o Clear specification and adequate operationalization of variables.
o Reasonableness of assumptions.
o Adequacy and representativeness of sampling. Evaluation of Practice: In this assignment students will demonstrate the use of scientific inquiry as a knowledge base to support and measure interventions and decisions for the enhancement of generalist social work practice. (CO 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)
Every effort will be made to be fair and reasonable in grading your work and participation. If you have questions or concerns about this, please speak to the instructor in a timely manner. You are expected to present material that is legible and well considered. While you will be tested over specific course content, you should do well if you read the material and pay attention in class.
Exams: two exams 15 points each, total 30 points, Behavioral Change Project: 20 points; Research Critiques: 5 points each, total of 20 points; Evaluation of Practice: 20 points Attendance and Participation 10 points
Scoring: A= 90-100% B= 80-89% C= 70-79% D= 60-69% F= 59-0%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated. In the event of an absence, assignments may be submitted to the instructor electronically. The student remains responsible for lost, misdirected or incompatible formatting of electronic submissions. In extenuating circumstances (as determined by the instructor) and with timely notification an exception may or may not be granted. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per day. If you ever have a question about any assignment or expectation in this course, please contact the instructor in a timely manner. Please be aware that there is no extra credit work in this course.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
In order to maintain a positive learning environment the following ground rules will be followed:
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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