The research question: Which groups and/or individuals experience anti-social behaviour, and how does it affect their quality of life?

The research question: Which groups and/or individuals experience anti-social behaviour, and how does it affect their quality of life?

The aim of the research; the question(s) being examined; the methodological approach adopted; the methods used; how you conducted the analysis; and what the research findings are. 1. Introduction – Outline your aims and objectives and give an indication of the structure of the report. – Remember to define key terms and concepts. 2. Theoretical context – Explain what theories or ideas are relevant to your study – Refer to previous studies (fully referenced) – Critically reflect on these ideas and say which are relevant to your study 3. Research methods – Specify how you collected the data: e.g. where and how. – Set out the research instruments in general terms, and provide examples of the interview questions, survey forms or observational protocols in an appendix if required. – Outline the sampling strategy and explain how representative your work is – Acknowledge the possible weakness of your selected method. 4. Findings – Analyse and don’t simply report your findings – Develop an argument on the basis of your findings – Relate to the wider literature and say if your findings concur with or contradict the conclusions of other studies. Make sure to relate back to section two (theoretical context). – Use subheadings to impose structure and flow to this section if required. 5. Conclusion – Summarise key points and outcomes. – Draw out implications of the study (policy or theory). 6. References – All ideas from someone else?s work must be cited. – Check programme handbook if unclear about referencing conventions. – Include references to readings in module handbook, not ?lecture notes?! Throughout, you should include supporting references and develop ideas introduced in the module about reliability, accuracy and generalisation.


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