Module 1 considers the role and purpose of social research in the local government setting, and in particular focuses on:
- The ‘research persona’.
- The two major ‘paradigms’ of social research Quantitative research and Qualitative research.
- Your dispositions to research.
- The relationship between social research and local government community engagement.
Module 1 provides the foundation for this program and asks you to consider who you are as both a professional and ‘practitioner researcher’ and the way you might go about undertaking social research.