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Social group work with acting out adolescents in the school setting : a critique of two research studies Dodds, Valerie Marjorie

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The first purpose of this paper is to analyze two evaluative studies of social group work. The second purpose is the formulation of a researchable question derived from this analysis in relation to the current professional experience of two graduate social work students doing field work in a Burnaby Junior High School. A brief overall description of Girls at Vocational High and Seattle Atlantic Street Center is presented. A summary of Elizabeth Herzog's Some Guidelines for Evaluative Research follows and serves as a base for the analysis of these studies. Herzog's analysis and emphasis of the early phase of problem formulation is selected for study, and additional research references on the topic are reviewed. The two evaluative studies are then examined in relation to problem formulation, and the definition of terms utilized in both studies are scrutinized. One study failed to be explicit in problem formulation. The other, while more explicit, required further pre-evaluative work especially in the integration of the terminology with theory, and in the correlation of the use of terminology by field workers and research raters. The research project presents conclusions and a researchable question which is formulated on the basis of the analysis of the studies under investigation

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