What is the problem being addressed by the study? Describe the research significance of conducting a study in this problem area. What is the relevance to social work practice?

Assignment Question

Read the article attached to this assignment (“integrating animal assisted therapy”) and address the prompts below. It is important to use 3rd person language when writing research papers, so avoid using 1st person language in your written assignments in this class. Make sure to review the check-list at the end of the assignment before submitting your final paper. Use the headings below when writing your 4-6 page paper. OR Use the headings below when preparing your 7-10 minute recorded presentation using PowerPoint or a similar software program and recording yourself (on Zoom or similar program).

Problem & Significance Statement – What is the problem being addressed by the study? Describe the research significance of conducting a study in this problem area. What is the relevance to social work practice?

Research Questions – Explain the overall purpose of the study and list the specific research question(s). What type of research question(s) is being used (i.e., exploratory; descriptive; explanatory)?

Literature Review: What important background information did you learn from the Literature Review section of this paper?

Research Design – Identify the specific research design (experimental; quasi-experimental; pre-experimental) and explain your answer (e.g., Does this study use random assignment? Is there a control group or comparison group? Is there a pre-test and/or a post-test?)

Variable(s) – List the independent variable(s) in this study and how they are being measured. What is the level of measurement for each one (nominal, ordinal, ratio, interval)? List the dependent variable(s) in this study and how they are being measured. What is the level of measurement for each one (nominal, ordinal, ratio, interval)?

Sample – Identify the population and the sample. What criteria was used for inclusion in the study? Identify the specific sampling method and whether it was a probability or non-probability sampling method. What was the sample size, and is this a strength or limitation of the study? Were any incentives provided?

Data Collection – Specify the data collection method for the study (i.e., how did they gather their data?). If a survey, what type of survey was used (mail; internet; telephone; in-person) (structured or semi-structured)? What was the response rate?

Ethics – What ethical issues were relevant in this study? Did the researchers address these sufficiently, in your opinion?

Major Findings – Summarize the major findings and conclusions for the study. How will these findings be useful to social workers working in this field? What were the major weaknesses of this study?

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Checklist for this Written Assignment:

  • 0 Did you address each question on the assignment in sufficient depth, detail, and thoroughness? More is always better; erring on the side of “not enough” will likely result in a lower grade.
  • 0 Did you provide citations for any direct quotes or ideas that you borrowed using APA formatting?
  • 0 Did you include headings? Headings are required to provide direction in your writing and are a part of APA formatting.
  • 0 Does your paper fit within the suggested paper length for this assignment (4-6 pages)?
  • 0 Did you edit your paper carefully for accurate grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics? Spelling and grammatical errors may result in a maximum deduction of 10%.
  • 0 Did you avoid using first person language? (use 3rd person language please)
  • 0 Is your paper written using APA format? A great free resource online is “The Purdue OWL: APA Style.” Just google it.
  • 0 Is your paper double-spaced with 1-inch margins? Do you have a cover page for your assignment?
  • 0 Are you aware of the late assignment policy for this class?

You have up to 3 weeks to turn an assignment in late (10% off for each week). Or, you can ask for an extension ahead of time, but this needs to be done in advance!

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