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.

Common pitfalls and dilemmas

In this chapter, examples and the experiences of the authors will be used to review theoretical, methodological and common pitfalls. These include the implications of not having a clear research question, carrying out research that is too broad to achieve usable outcomes, the consequences of a lack of planning, collecting large quantities of data without a clear idea of what to do with them, having adequate resources and support in place for the researcher, not spending adequate time on proposal development, jumping into data collection, not using a pilot effectively, and dealing with conflicts and disagreements. The importance of building good supervisory and project infrastructure, such as a steering committee, as well as aspects which include critical review and reflection ...

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