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.

Ethical considerations

Contemporary expectations include the essential requirement that all research is conducted ethically. The formalization of research ethics can be seen in the growing number of national, institutional and agency-wide research ethics committees that set the parameters and foundations for research ethics approval. This chapter explores understandings of ethics and how these inform the research process. As part of this process, the ways in which certain aspects are prioritized and others rendered less important will be examined. Ethics is clearly more than a risk-management tool, but reductionist practices can serve to devalue outcomes. The process of thinking about a project from an ethical perspective is a requirement, but there may be some disparity about where emphasis is placed and how participants are positioned ...

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