Assessment task details and instructions
For this assignment you are required to develop a research proposal for a practice-based research project. Your proposal will include a clear research question for your proposed research to answer.
Your proposal should outline the issue to be researched, explaining its significance in terms of the counselling field and for you as a counsellor. You should briefly review previous studies of this issue, and give a rationale for your own proposed focus (how it will add to existing research).
You will explain and justify your research methodology, which may be one of case study research, small scale qualitative research, or mixed methods research.
You will detail your approach to participant recruitment, data collection, and data analysis, consistent with your overall methodology. You will identify relevant ethical issues and how these will be addressed, and give a brief outline of your plans for disseminating your findings.
Your proposal should be supported with reference relevant reading. This will include both (for your literature review) previous research relevant to your specific topic; and (for the methodology and related sections) general literature on research methods as referred to in the Module Reading List.
The proposal should be written in report form, with subheadings to identify different sections (see suggested structure below).
Please remember, where appropriate, to protect the confidentiality and anonymity of any people mentioned in your assignments.