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.

Arriving at a Research Question : Building on Existing Knowledge

Arriving at a Research Question: Building on Existing Knowledge

In this chapter you will learn

  • Why we conduct a literature review
  • The key ingredients of a good literature review
  • Skills in critically reading the literature
  • How to conduct and write a competent and context-responsive literature review
  • Some strategies for drawing conclusions from the literature review to develop your research question.


You can see from the title of this chapter how important we see the literature review to be in setting up your study. Using your literature review to question and build on existing knowledge will help you to shape a good research question and therefore a good study. It is important at this point to pre-empt an issue that at least ...

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