Test Bank for Research Methods for Social Workers, 8th Edition, Bonnie L. Yegidis, Robert W. Weinbach, Laura L. Myers, ISBN10: 0134512561, ISBN13: 9780134512563
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SUGGESTED TEACHING TIPS
Chapter 1 provides an opportunity to deal with some of the fears, misconceptions, negative attitudes and biases that social work students often bring to a course on research. You can offer the ways that research based knowledge contributes to evidencebased practice. You may also wish to emphasize the similarities between social work practice methods and the research process and note that some of the same attributes that help us to be effective practitioners are the same ones that help us design and implement research studies. You can also emphasize the importance of both qualitative and quantitative research methods for building knowledge for social work practice.
CHAPTER 1 TESTBANK
Multiple Choice Questions
Choose the BEST possible answer for each of the following.
1. What would be an example of applied research?
A. a program evaluation to determine if a county jobtraining program should continue to receive federal funding
B. a study to determine whether or not social workers who take a course on psychopathology are more likely to pass their state licensure exam than those who do not
C. a study to measure the level of status that social workers enjoy in medical settings within the United States
D. a study to learn if clients convicted of child neglect who come voluntarily for counseling have a better success rate than those who are courtordered to undergo counseling
2. The first step in the research process should be:
A. selection of a data collection instrument.
B. problem identification and specification.
C. selection of a research design.
D. formulation of the research hypothesis.
3. What is a definition of a social work research problem?
A. A statement of a relationship between variables.
B. An unanswered question such as, Is ADHD real?
C. A gap in knowledge that causes social work practice to be less effective than it could be.
D. A difficulty in social functioning that affects many people.
4. How might we best describe the degree of similarity between research task and practice task?
A. Not at all alike
B. Only slightly alike
C. Similar, but not identical
5. Knowledge that can tell us what we should say or do to be effective in our interventions is referred to as:
6. Reliance on traditional sources of knowledge that are not based on sound research can result in:
A. stereotyping of people
B. more individualized interventions with clients.
C. a better understanding of client services
D. helps to better understand marginalized clients.
7. Historically, the antagonism between researchers and practitioners that has existed
within social work could be attributed to:
A. researchers, but not to practitioners.
B. both researchers and practitioners.
C. practitioners, but not to researchers.
D. social work students.
8. What is generally not used by social workers who engage in evidence based practice?
A. the findings of scientific research
B. their practice experience and expertise
C. their knowledge of individual clients and their values and preferences
D. traditional service practices
9. In science, the phrase “public way of knowing” refers to a researcher’s obligation to:
A. publish the findings of the research as soon as possible.
B. conduct the research in an ethical manner.
C. describe the research methods used so others can try to replicate the findings.
D. review all related knowledge before collecting data.
10. What does it mean when we say in science, all knowledge is provisional?
A. Scientific knowledge cannot be trusted.
B. Scientific knowledge should be regarded as tentative; subsequent research may prove it wrong.
C. Scientific knowledge cannot be trusted as much as other sources of knowledge such as common sense.
D. Producing scientific knowledge is the responsibility of all social workers.
11. Social work research has many characteristics, which of the following is not a distinct characteristic of social work research?
A. Derived from the scientific method
B. Strives for objectivity
C. Produces provisional knowledge
D. Adherence to an ethical code is good, but not necessary.
12. Studies that employ quantitative methods are characterized by, or attempt to employ, the following:
A. Careful measurement of variables
B. Relatively small selected case samples
C. Control of other variables through reviewing it carefully
D. A wide variety of data collection methods
13. The sequence of events that includes; specification of a theory; statement of a hypothesis to test the theory; observation (data collection); and confirmation (or disconfirmation) of the theory, indicates what type of research method.
14. Quantitative methods have their limitations as methods of research. It would be best not to use quantitative methods when:
A. you are interpreting phenomena in terms of the meanings people bring to them.
B. you are trying to describe the incidence of some behavior
C. you are searching for evidence of a relationship
D. you are studying a subjective phenomena
15. Research that emphasizes understanding of social phenomena through direct observation is best described as:
D. using the scientific method
16. The most important reason that ethics is critical in social work research is:
A. the NASW Code of Ethics mandates it
B. it promotes social work as the best researchers
C. it guards against biases in studies
D. it prevents social workers from being fined by IRB boards
17. A characteristic of the scientific method that sets it apart from other ways of acquiring knowledge is:
A. it is best used for validating a phenomenon that cannot be directly observed
B. that it strives for subjectivity
C. provides provisional knowledge
D. promotes creativity and imagination in developing procedures
18. Knowledge that evolves from the accumulation of descriptive knowledge, which reveals consistent reoccurring patterns is:
19. Qualitative Research would best be described as:
A. Large sample size
B. High ability to replicate
C. Statistical analysis
D. Probing Questions
20. Selecting or formulating operational definitions of key terms; development of a method for sampling; and identification of variables would best describe what kind of research:
D. participant observation
21. The organization responsible for the accreditation of BSW and MSW programs specifies that research content and skills must be taught in both undergraduate and graduate social work education programs. This organization is:
22. Task such as selecting a field site; participant observation; and focus groups would likely represent what type of research?