Research is a vital and often daunting component of many counselling and psychotherapy courses. As well as completing their own research projects, trainees across modalities must understand the research in the field – what it tells them and how to do it. Breaking down this seemingly mountainous task into easy to swallow pieces, this book will navigate your students through each stage of the research process, from choosing a research question, through the pros and cons of different methods, to data analysis and writing up their findings. Written by leading contributors from the field including John McLeod, Mick Cooper and Tim Bond, each chapter features points for reflection, engaging activities and suggestions for further reading, helping students to engage with all aspects of research. An original graphic narrative runs throughout the book, bringing this complex topic to life in a unique way. Whether embarking on research for the first time or already a little familiar with research and research methods, this unique guide is something counselling and psychotherapy students will turn to continually throughout their research projects.

Planning your research: Design, method and sample

Planning your research: Design, method and sample
Planning your research: Design, method and sample
Terry HanleyUniversity of ManchesterClodagh JordanTrinity College DublinKasia WilkUniversity of Manchester
Introduction

As is evident throughout this book, none of the chapters stand alone. This chapter is no exception. In particular, we would like to highlight that this chapter develops upon the guidance on choosing a research question in Chapter 3 and outlines how the initial research question needs to be refined and focused to plan a research project. Furthermore, it shows how knowledge about methodologies and methods, as introduced in the previous chapter and further elaborated in Part III of this book, helps to guide the decisions about appropriate design, method and sampling for a research project. The purpose here is therefore to ...

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