Open Textbooks

Open Social Work Education serves as a publisher of open textbooks, a clearinghouse for open textbooks published by social work authors, and a coordinator for new open textbook projects.  

Scientific inquiry in social work

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.


Multi-paradigmatic research methods

A collaborative project across multiple academic, private, and government research institutions to create a graduate-level research methods textbook based in a multi-paradigmatic perspective.


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