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.

Counting and Measuring1: Questionnaires, Scales and Secondary Analyses

Counting and Measuring1: Questionnaires, Scales and Secondary Analyses

In this chapter you will learn

  • About key features of some of the common quantitative data collection methods used in social work and social care research
  • When and how to apply specific quantitative data collection measures in your research
  • What data mining is and how to do it.


This is the second of three chapters focused on understanding why, when and how to use particular data collection methods in social work and social care research. In the previous chapter, we outlined some common data gathering techniques involving speaking and listening, such as the use of interviews, focus groups and forums. In this chapter, we will examine some of the quantitative data collection methods ...

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