ASSIGNMENT 3: Research proposal
You are required to submit a research proposal on a topic of interest to you, usually
building on Assignments 1 and 2. This is a piece of individual work where you are required
to develop your research question and a relevant research design. The proposal must
include the following sections:
Write an introduction that will capture the reader’s interest and will also clearly establish
the relevance of your research to social work. It should include (but not be limited to) the
following: • The significance of your study;
• Its relevance to social work practice and/or policy;
• The potential contribution of this research in terms of building new knowledge;
• The purpose of your research; • Your research question(s).
• Research hypotheses (if any). [Note: Include a research hypothesis only if your proposed
study will involve hypothesis testing. Not every study will require a hypothesis.]
It is very important that your research question(s) is/are clearly articulated and
researchable. Suggested word length for this section: 250 words
Your literature review must include a minimum of 12 research articles published in the last
10 years (these may include Australian and international studies). You may use the
literature review previously submitted for Assignment 2. It is expected that you will review
the feedback provided on Assignment 2 and will incorporate it into your final literature
review for this section. Include a discussion on gaps within the literature and how are they
linked to your research question(s). Suggested word length for this section: 1000 words
• What research design will you use?
• What will be your sample size and how will the participants be recruited?
• What methods will you use for data collection? Include a brief discussion of the nature
and scope of questions you might ask through a questionnaire or interview guide.
• How will you analyse the data? Refer to the academic literature we have covered (i.e.
weekly readings) about research methods in this section. Include your data collection
instrument (survey questionnaire, interview guide etc.) as an appendix.
Suggested word length for this section: 1250 words
Ethical considerations and limitations of the study:
• Discuss the different steps you will take to ensure that your study is ethical;
• Identify and discuss the limitations of your study.
Suggested word length for this section: 500 words
Required text(s) There is a textbook for this unit:
Alston, M., & Bowles, W. (2018). Research for social workers: An introduction to methods
(4th ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.
Alston, M., & Bowles, W. (2012). Research for social workers (3rd ed.). Crows Nest, NSW:
Allen and Unwin.
Engel, R.J., & Schutt, R.K. (2014). Fundamentals of Social Work Research (2nd ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Fawcett, B., & Pockett, R. (2015 ). Turning ideas into research: Theory, design and
practice. London: Sage.
Grinell, R., & Unrau, Y. (2013). Social work research and evaluation (10th ed.). Oxford:
Oxford University Press.
Laycock, A., Walker, D., Harrison, N., & Brands, J. (2011). Researching Indigenous Health:
A Practical guide for Researchers. Melbourne: The Lowitja Institute.
Patton, M.Q. (2015). Qualitative research and evaluation methods (4th ed.). USA: Sage.
Punch, K (2014). Introduction to social research quantitative and qualitative approaches
(3rd ed.). London: Sage.
Rubin, A. & Babbie, E.R. (2014). Research methods for social work (8th ed.). Belmont, CA:
Sarantakos, S. (2013). Social Research (4th ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Walters, M (Ed.). (2013). Social Research Methods (3rd. ed.). Melbourne: Oxford
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