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Holosko to Release Research Glossary with Smartphone App

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Contact: Emily Williams

Posted Nov. 19, 2010

Michael Holosko, Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare in the School of Social Work, is releasing a glossary of over 1,500 commonly used research terms. The glossary, titled "A Glossary of Commonly Used Research Terms for Social and Behavioral Sciences," will be the first research book published in the form of a smart phone application by Sage Publications. The glossary also will be published as a handbook and a downloadable software application for personal computers.

"This is really exciting," Holosko said. "It sets up beautifully as a phone app. [Students] will have something portable that they can see and interact with when they are doing their critical thinking and research studies."

Holosko, who has taught research for over 33 years in five different countries, was inspired to create the glossary to fill a gap in the literature and to simplify complex research terms into understandable bites. "In my judgment, the number one barrier for students learning research is what I would refer to as the 'language of.' Once they have a mastery of the language, they take to it very well," he said.

Holosko coauthored the book with Bruce Thyer, a former UGA colleague who now is a professor at the Florida State University School of Social Work. The pair worked with graduate students through the Pauline M. Berger Memorial Graduate Assistantship in Child and Family Welfare and the Tisha Abolt Graduate Assistantship to identify commonly used research terms and then define them in less than four sentences. Around 60% of the terms in the glossary have been defined in one sentence and there are no definitions over three sentences, Holosko explained.

The team meticulously field tested the glossary with students across the social and behavioral sciences curriculum and implemented their feedback, making the definitions simpler. Initial reviews from Sage's editorial body have been very positive, Holosko added. The appendix includes commonly used research and statistical acronyms and links to the core journals of 13 different disciplines in the social sciences.

The book took three years to complete. "It was a labor of love and I couldn't have done it without the support of the endowed chair. I was fortunate to have the resources at hand and these students to work with."

Apple Inc. is projected to develop the smart phone interface. The book and applications will be available for purchase in June 2011.







 


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