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.

Concluding remarks

Revisiting key themes

In this book we have drawn attention to the vision, creativity and enthusiasm that can go into turning good ideas into viable research questions and ‘doable’ research projects. We have also highlighted the need for rigour, trustworthiness and attention to detail to turn viable research endeavours into purposeful and productive research undertakings that make a difference.

The three key themes from this book, we believe, forge new horizons in research generally and in practice research in particular. Whatever the orientation adopted, whether qualitative, quantitative or mixed method, we emphasize that attention has to be paid to the world-view held or adopted for a particular research project. This necessitates the concomitant knowledge and theoretical frameworks being subject to ongoing critical appraisal and ...

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