From understanding the concepts of research and gathering data, to writing it all up and sharing knowledge, this book will guide your students to become researchers by giving them:  • a confident start with clarity on core concepts and getting it right ethically  • step-by-step guidance at each point in the research process, showing them diversity in approaches, the impact of context and how to overcome problems  • case studies of how real researchers embrace the challenges, surprises and successes of research  • an emphasis on the person in context, so their research is reflective of the realities of social work and social care practice  • a guide to writing it up and achieving impact and positive change with research.

Making Meaning from Data1: Quantitative Analysis

Making Meaning from Data1: Quantitative Analysis

In this chapter you will learn

  • The meaning of quantitative methods and how these differ from qualitative methods
  • The importance of the research question in shaping methods and analysis
  • The meaning of tests of significance
  • How SPSS assists in undertaking quantitative data analysis
  • Some of the key data analysis techniques used in quantitative research including frequencies, cross tabs, regression and comparison of means.


This chapter provides a brief definition of quantitative methods, their purpose and when these methods are commonly used. It discusses the central role of the research question in deciding on appropriate methods. Again, you can see our pragmatic framework at work. It also discusses SPSS Statistics, the computer program that is commonly used to analyse quantitative ...

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