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.

Creating viable research from good ideas

In this chapter we look at how to translate a good idea into a viable research project, focusing particularly on the formulation of the research question and the mapping of the associated research design. However, an important starting point is to consider the importance of ontological position and how our view of the world shapes how we view knowledge, and this is what we will focus on in the first instance. We will then go on to highlight the importance of having a clear sense of purpose and consider matters associated with inclusivity in research. To illustrate this part of the discussion, we will look at action-orientated research as an example of a research approach that supports ...

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