Socw 6301 wk 6 and socw 6060

socw 6301 Discussion: Qualitative Research Questions

Research questions that lend themselves to a qualitative approach often address questions about how people construct meaning. In this way, qualitative research questions set the stage for open-ended, inductive inquiry. 

 For this Discussion, review the case study entitled, “Social Work Research: Program Evaluation.” Consider the kinds of questions that inform a qualitative approach. Think about the quantitative method described in the case study and consider methods you might use to investigate the effectiveness of a program from a qualitative perspective. 

  Post your explanations of the following:

 •What kinds of research questions lead to a qualitative approach?

 •If you chose to conduct quantitative research in your Week 4 proposal, how might you reframe the research question in a way that lends itself to a qualitative approach? 

•If you focused on a qualitative proposal in Week 4, describe the qualitative research question and explain the rationale for choosing a qualitative approach. •Be sure to explain how you might collect the data.

 •Consider which qualitative method (case study, grounded theory, ethnographic research, cross-sectional research, feminist research, or participatory action research) would be most suitable for answering the research question

socw 6060 WK6

Using Research to Select a Therapeutic Modality

Imagine that some of your colleagues mention using cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and reality therapy. Your colleagues continue to say that based on their experiences, they really like these therapies and that they appear to work. Your instincts also tell you that perhaps they might be helpful for your client in your case study. However, from Week 1, you recall that experiences and instincts as sources of knowledge are quite limited because they are biased. Instead, it is important to utilize existing research and data to support your choices of interventions. Theory helps inform the evidence-based practice process that should guide social workers’ practice.  In this Discussion, you examine the research related to a therapy based on cognitive or cognitive behavior theory to determine its effectiveness.  

To prepare: •Recall the client from the case study you have been using in this course. You will apply your research for this Discussion to that client. 

•Select one therapy from the following: cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, or reality therapy. •Conduct a search in the Walden Library for one peer-reviewed research study about the effectiveness of the therapy you selected. 

•Note: You must select a study that has not already been used by a colleague in the Discussion. Each student is required to identify a unique research study. 

•Remember when looking for studies to take into account your client’s age and developmental stage and presenting problem. 

 Post: •Provide the reference for the study you found using APA guidelines. 

•Briefly paraphrase, in 2 to 3 sentences, the methodological context (i.e., research method, how data was collected, and the instruments used) of the study and the findings.  

•Evaluate the findings in terms of its applicability or appropriateness for the client in your case study. 

•Determine whether you would use or not use the therapy you selected for the client in your selected case study (consider how culturally relevant it is, how aligned it is with social work ethics, etc.) and explain why.

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