Critical Analysis of Research Papers

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In this paper I will critically analyse the strength and weakness of using 'qualitative and quantitative' to a specific area of social work practice. The area of choice is children's services with focus on two research findings in the area of performance measurement within social work, with special emphasis on quality services and stability of placements for children looked after away from home.

The two documents will be referred as Paper one titled 'Performance Targets and stability of Placement for children Long looked After away from home' Harriet Wardan and Tricia Skuse (2002) and Paper two titled 'Defining Quality care for looked After Children: Front line Workers Perspective's on Standards and all that'(David Watson (2003). I
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There are several theoretical frameworks depending on the research's goal and purposes. Quantitative paradigm is based on positivism paradigm. In, contrast the qualitative paradigm is based on interpretivism and constructivism based on one construction of reality Altheide and Johnson (1994). The ontological position of quantitative paradigm is that there is one truth, an objective reality that exists independent of human perception. Epistemologically the investigator and investigated are dependent entities. Therefore, the investigator is capable of study a phenomenon without influencing it or being influenced by it Guba & Lincoln (1994). In qualitative, epistemological level there is no access to reality independent of our minds no external referent by which to compare claims of truth Smith (1983). The investigator and the object of study are interactively linked so that findings are mutually created within the context of the situation which shapes the inquiry Denzin & Lincoln (1994). This suggest that reality has no existence prior to the activity of investigation and reality ceases to exist when no longer focus on it Smith (1983).

The researcher of this study clearly, concisely and explicitly indicate their hypotheses regarding the outcome of the research. Particular hypotheses are as follows:
1. To ensure that children are securely attached to carers capable of providing safe and effective care for the duration of childhood.
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