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.

Designing a research project: qualitative researching

The refining of good ideas into research projects that are both viable and ‘doable’, as highlighted in Chapter 4, takes time. Ontological and epistemological reflection on the kind of world-view the researcher holds, or the stance that needs to be adopted for the purposes of the research, is crucial and informs the orientation of the research project in terms of the use of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method methodology. In this chapter we will focus on qualitative orientations and the kinds of research approaches, data collection methods and data analysis techniques that can be adopted.

Exploring the qualitative continuum

Qualitative researching places emphasis on insights, meanings and interpretations. It is about exploring understandings and experiences and delving into the world ...

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