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Social work research often focuses on qualitative designs and many students believe that the quantitative research pathway is either too complicated or is beyond their grasp. This book outlines how social work students can undertake a research project from either a qualitative, quantitative or mixed methodological approach. The authors introduce key concepts in an accessible and structured manner and go on to demonstrate each of the approaches from inception of research idea, to realisation of methodological approach, to research process, to data analysis and conclusion.


The undertaking of an empirical research project at undergraduate or postgraduate level is a difficult but rewarding task which empowers the candidate through a development of her research skills and knowledge, whilst generating new and important research findings for the social work profession. However, the multi-level knowledge exchange reaches far beyond the bolstering of academic and practice knowledge. Indeed in many cases, the undergraduate/postgraduate researcher produces findings which improve an aspect of service provision and ultimately make a difference to the lives of service users, carers, families and communities.

The following chapters aim to encourage potential researchers to take up the positive and reciprocally rewarding challenge of taking a research idea and formulating a project to realise a change in practice policy or procedure. Invariably, ...

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