Introduction to Research Awareness

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the four basic questions which should inform any research
  • Describe the difference between the positivist and non-positivist approach to social research
  • Identify implications of these different approaches for social research
  • Identify several different ways research is useful to practice
  • Define the meaning of terms commonly used in research
  • Use an academic or professional library
  • Carry out a basic literature review
  • Distinguish between the differing approaches adopted in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Outline different ways in which data can be collected
  • Explain the meaning of the 'population' and the 'sample'
  • Explain the concepts of reliability and validity in research
  • Describe what is meant by 'direct' and 'indirect' sources of data
  • State what is meant by the terms mean, range, median, mode, standard deviation
  • Explain the purpose of using statistics in data analysis
  • Describe what is meant by new paradigm and emancipatory research
  • .Explain the difference between new paradigm and traditional research
  • Identify advantages and disadvantages of new paradigm research
  • Define 'ethics' in relation to social research
  • Discuss the social construction of ethical principles
  • Describe various ethical dilemmas involved in social research
  • Develop a research proposal
  • Carry out a critical review of a research article
  • Define the basic terminology used in research activity
  • Identify why a knowledge of research is useful in your own practice