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Turning Ideas into Research

Turning Ideas into Research
Theory, Design and Practice

May 2015 | 184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

How do you turn a really good idea into a really good question, and how do you turn this into successful research?


Barbara Fawcett and Rosalie Pockett use their expertise as supervisors and researchers to provide you with the frameworks and the theoretical and practical guidance you need to design, carry out and communicate your research effectively. Using a range of examples that relate research to the real world, they demonstrate:

  • how to develop research questions
  • how to select appropriate theoretical frameworks
  • how to integrate theoretical perspectives with empirical research
  • how to gather and interpret data
  • how to ensure that the research undertaken makes a difference.

The authors’ user-friendly approach emphasizes the importance of participation, collaboration and inclusivity, and examines worldviews and understandings of knowledge in order to enable greater critical reflection. Chapters provide guidance on achieving impact with your research, and feature reflective questions to enhance your engagement with the issues covered.


This text is the ideal companion as you set about transforming your ideas into robust research.

Part One: Thinking about research
Chapter One: Why do research?
Chapter Two: Partnerships in research
Chapter Three: Ethical considerations
Part Two: Thinking differently about knowledge and researching
Chapter Four: Creating viable research from good ideas
Chapter Five: Designing a research project: Qualitative researching
Chapter Six: Designing a research project: Quantitative and mixed method researching
Chapter Seven: Evaluative researching
Chapter Eight: Constructively and critically appraising research
Part Three: The impact of research
Chapter Nine: Research dissemination, sustainability, making a difference and writing for publication
Chapter Ten: Common pitfalls and dilemmas
Chapter Eleven: Concluding remarks

Great for supporting dissertations at undergraduate and masters level

Mrs Victoria Brown
Primary Education Dept, University of St Mark And St John
June 12, 2020

This is a very good publication which enables students to develop their skills for research in education; providing clear examples of the process to explore new ways of thinking and to reflect on the experiences and information gathered through their chosen study.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care and Early Years, Swindon College
February 15, 2017

This publication directs students into creating good research designs for their projects. Thus enabling the Fd students to be more informed with suitable methods of study.

Miss Tracey Canham
Health Care And Early Years, Swindon College
July 30, 2016

This book is remarkably well presented for new researchers and those considering undertaking research projects. It reads very intuitively, and walks the reader carefully, comprehensively and confidently through the process of building credible research from a good idea. It is particularly appropriate for those embarking on professional doctorates, and is very practitioner-friendly.

Dr Walter Riggans
Cliff College, Cliff College
April 1, 2016

Research methods and dissertations can be very daunting for students but this book provides a most helpful and accessible read. It is a book which also enables students and tutors to engage in some excellent discussion of ideas on research and nudge students forward in developing their research dissertation topics.

Ms sue mills
Lifelong Learning Centre, Leeds University
February 25, 2016

This is potentially a great resource for students. One of the major stumbing blocks for UG students is their ability to create / identify appropriate research ideas and subsequently design a suitable research strategy. This is one text that can support students on this journey.

Dr Adam Dennett
Dept of Transport and Logistics, Huddersfield University
July 22, 2015

I would recommend this book to anyone starting out in research .It outlines the main areas that need to be considered and offered helpful tips for developing ideas effectively.

SPEECH AND HEARING SCIENCES, Queen Margaret Univ College, Edinburgh
June 5, 2015

This is a well written and appropriate book to both guide and support practitioners in developing research ideas into credible pieces of research. It addresses many key issues around ethics, research design and criticality.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
May 1, 2015

A great how-to guide to get you started on your research journey.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , University College Birmingham
April 22, 2015

While a good guide into conducting research its focus is too broad for a seminar that deals more with questions of methodology.

Mr Michael Brenker
Division of Intercultural Business Com, Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena
August 4, 2015

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Turning Ideas into Research: Why do Research?

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