How do you turn a really good idea into a really good question, and how do you turn this into successful research?
Barbara Fawcett and Rosalie Pockett use their expertise as supervisors and researchers to provide you with the frameworks and the theoretical and practical guidance you need to design, carry out and communicate your research effectively. Using a range of examples that relate research to the real world, they demonstrate:
how to develop research questions
how to select appropriate theoretical frameworks
how to integrate theoretical perspectives with empirical research
how to gather and interpret data
how to ensure that the research undertaken makes a difference.
The authors' user-friendly approach emphasizes the importance of participation, collaboration and inclusivity, and examines worldviews and understandings of knowledge in order to enable greater critical reflection. Chapters provide guidance on achieving impact with your research, and feature reflective questions to enhance your engagement with the issues covered.
This text is the ideal companion as you set about transforming your ideas into robust research.
Barbara Fawcett is Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities) at the University of Birmingham. Previously she was Professor of Social Work and Policy Studies at the University of Sydney Australia. Prior to moving to Australia in 2004, Barbara was head of the large interdisciplinary School of Applied Social Studies at the University of Bradford. She spent thirteen years in the field before entering academia. Her research interests focus on older age and end of life, mental health, disability, participatory action research and postmodern feminism. She has authored and jointly authored eight books and has written a wide range of journal articles. Rosalie Pockett is an experienced senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, the University of Sydney. She has an extensive practice career in hospital and health social work where she held senior leadership and management positions in social work and allied health services. Rosalie's doctoral research investigated the occupational culture of social work in hospital settings and her ongoing research interests include: health inequalities; the social determinants of health and social justice perspectives; interprofessional education and practice; critical reflection in education and practice; leadership and management in social work; professional practice supervision; and classification systems for social work practice. Rosalie is an NH&MRC (National Health & Medical Research Council Australia) Travelling Fellowship recipient and a scholar of the Mount Sinai Social Work Leadership Programme, New York where her research interest in practice-based studies was developed. She has undertaken and published clinical data-mining studies in areas such as victim of crime presentations and advanced care/end-of-life planning in hospital settings. Her current research involves practice-based studies in oncology social work practice. Rosalie is a regular reviewer for a number of key social work journals and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Australian Social Work and the Australasian Board of the international journal, Social Work Education.
Part One: Thinking about research Chapter One: Why do research? Chapter Two: Partnerships in research Chapter Three: Ethical considerations Part Two: Thinking differently about knowledge and researching Chapter Four: Creating viable research from good ideas Chapter Five: Designing a research project: Qualitative researching Chapter Six: Designing a research project: Quantitative and mixed method researching Chapter Seven: Evaluative researching Chapter Eight: Constructively and critically appraising research Part Three: The impact of research Chapter Nine: Research dissemination, sustainability, making a difference and writing for publication Chapter Ten: Common pitfalls and dilemmas Chapter Eleven: Concluding remarks