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HMS 103 Theories and Tech in Human Services

Introduces philosophies, theories for intervention, and the problem-solving process.

HMS 103


Theories and Techniques in Human Services

This course introduces philosophies, theories for intervention, and the problem-solving process. It emphasizes the development of a skill base used in counseling techniques and client intervention. It also enhances interpersonal relationship skills through knowledge of communication techniques and provides activities in which the student will apply this knowledge and these skills.

Critiquing a Journal Article

  1. Introduction of Article (25 points)
  • What is the purpose of this study?
  • What is the research question? What question or issue does the author hope to answer?
  • What hypothesis does the author propose in this study? What do they believe the outcome of the study will be?

  1. Research Design/Method (25 points)
  • Describe the method of data collection. (Did the authors use surveys, interviews, case studies, etc.?)
  • What theory or epistemology was used to guide this research study? (Make sure this is a theory we have discussed in class).
  • Include a brief description of the participants (also called the sample).  Make sure to identify the number of participants as well as any special characteristics such as gender, race, age, socioeconomic status, diagnosis, etc.
  • Describe how the participants (sample) were selected.

  1. Results (25 points)-*Note, you do not need to analyze the statistics in detail.
  • Summarize the major results or findings of the study.
  • Were you surprised with the results of this study? Why or why not?

  1. Your Critique & Conclusion (25 points)
  • What are the study’s limitations o (What additional research should be explored?)
  • What, if any, suggested areas of new research were identified in your article?
  • If you wrote this article, would you approach it the same way? Why or why not?
  • How will the research findings impact human services/social work practice or social welfare policy?
  • How would you incorporate these findings into your own human services practice, if applicable?

General Services

Library Tutorials

Here you will find self-paced video and print tutorials on how to find and use the resources available to you through the Gateway Library, as well as how to perform all the proper steps in the research process.

Citation and Style Guides

Here you will find information on how to properly utilize the two citation styles used within Gateway classes, as well as example papers and other related resources.

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Research databases
 
***Adapted from Ashford University***

State your topic

Your topic is the essential idea of your paper. It is usually a few words or a phrase that summarizes the subject of your paper. For your thesis statement, try to make your topic as specific as possible.

State your main idea about this topic

What are you trying to state or prove about your topic? What are you trying to persuade the reader to believe? When stating your opinion, be sure to:

  • express one major ideal
  • name the topic and assert something specific about it
  • take a stance on an issue that you can support with facts and reasons.
  • state your position on or opinion about the issue.

Give a reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give another reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give one more reason that supports your main idea

Tell us one reason that supports your opinion. Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Include an opposing viewpoint to your main idea, if applicable

A good thesis statement acknowledges that there is always another side to the argument. So, include an opposing viewpoint (a counterargument) to your opinion. Basically, write down what a person who disagrees with your position might say about your topic.



 

Click the button to generate your thesis statement!

 

 

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