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ERIC Number: EJ895014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1043-7797
How Is Qualitative Research Taught at the Masters' Level?
Drisko, James W.
Journal of Social Work Education, v44 n1 p85-101 Win 2008
This study examined how qualitative research is taught in foundation MSW courses using a content analysis of syllabi and a survey. The Council on Social Work Education required qualitative research content in 1994 and several authors advocate for greater inclusion of it. Yet no research about what qualitative content is included on syllabi is presently available. All accredited MSW programs were contacted, yielding 57 surveys and 48 syllabi. Wide variation in the numbers of course sessions, focal content, readings, and assignments was found nationally. Qualitative content was absent in 8% of syllabi, and only a single class session was the modal level of inclusion. Few syllabi included named qualitative research approaches. Further, very few assignments addressed qualitative research content. Recommendations for curriculum development are offered. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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