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Dr. Regina T. Praetorius

Associate Professor
Social Work
School of Social Work

UT Arlington Faculty

Regina T. Praetorius graduated from Louisiana State University with a PhD in Adult Education in 2006. Previous to this, she completed a Bachelor’s of Social Work (1998), Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Literature (1999), and Master’s of Science in Social Work (2000) all from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a licensed advanced practice master’s level social work (LMSW-AP) in the state of Texas. Her practice experience is varied including crisis response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, suicide intervention, assisting families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, assisted living and nursing home social work, health education in high schools, and character education in elementary schools. Currently, Regina studies suicide bereavement, strategies for improving mental health among refugees and the incarcerated, and strengthening military marriages.

Service Learning Class

SOCW 6348—Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods, 3 credit hours.

This course will address the epistemology, paradigms, and theoretical orientations of scientific inquiry using a variety of qualitative approaches to knowledge building and research. It is designed to prepare students to carry out individual research projects using qualitative methods within their areas of interest. Substantive content will include the research process using qualitative methodologies including discussions of knowledge development, study designs, data collection and analysis, and dissemination. A primary means of instruction will be service-learning. The service-learning component of this course will involve the students conducting qualitative program evaluation activities (i.e., data collection, data analysis, data reporting for dissemination); the resulting report will be a manuscript suitable for publication.

Academic Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of qualitative approaches to knowledge building in social work practice.
  2. Critically examine qualitative studies with emphasis on issues regarding cultural diversity, gender, sexual orientation, and other sensitive topics (social and economic justice, oppression and populations at risk).
  3. Identify the differences and similarities in approaches between qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research as they are used in social work research.
  4. Understand the relevance of social, cultural, economic and other diversity factors in the selection of topics, the methods employed, the nature of analysis, and the conclusions drawn in qualitative research.
  5. Identify and use common methods of qualitative data collection.
  6. Analyze data collected using traditional and computer-based means.
  7. Interpret data, reach meaningful conclusions, and identify implications for social work practice, policy and future research.
  8. Understand the application of the Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS) method for synthesizing qualitative studies.

Service Learning Project

Option 1: Qualitative program evaluation activities with Fort Worth Brief Therapy. (http://fortworthbrieftherapy.com/index.html)

Option 2: Qualitative program evaluation activities with New Friends, New Life. (http://www.newfriendsnewlife.org/)

Description: Students will participate in data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination as part of a service-learning project with one of the two above noted programs. Specific student activities include:

A. Research Project for Partner

  1. Conduct at least 2 phenomenological interviews with 2 people participating in the program.
  2. Transcribe interviews.
  3. Analyze the interviews individually and in small groups, comparing across participants’ interviews.
  4. Contribute to a manuscript reporting the results that is publishable.
  5. Co-present findings to community service-learning partners.

B. Reflections on activities in Research Project: Students are to produce written reflections on a. perceptions of research project, program, etc.; b. interview process; c. transcription; d. triangulation process; e. the entire project. Students are encouraged to integrate some form of art (visual, aural, etc.) that captures their experiences.

Product/Result: Student reflections; learning to conduct a qualitative study; publishable manuscript(s).