If you wanted to examine young people’s experiences of homelessness, would you use qualitative methods, quantitative methods or a mixed methods approach? Explain

Assessment #1 – Methods Essay (Graded)
If you wanted to examine young people’s experiences of homelessness, would you use qualitative methods, quantitative methods or a mixed methods approach? Explain you answer.

This assessment provides you with the skills to analyse and understand what research methods suit a particular research question and why. This is a short paper written in essay format. Drawing on the essential readings from the course and additional research literature sourced from UniSA library databases you need to argue whether qualitative, or quantitative, or a mixed methods approach is the most appropriate to investigate young people’s experiences of homelessness.

Due to the short length please do not provide a formal introduction. The introduction to this paper is only the Essay Question and the body of the paper addresses the Essay Question.
Briefly define homelessness based on scholarly sources
Formulate and demonstrate your conceptual understanding of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches.
Argue which approach is most appropriate for the research question and target sample.
The conclusion to the paper should be brief.
The paper must utilise scholarly literature, cited according to the UniSA Harvard Author-Date Referencing System.
Submit your paper by no later than the due date/time via learnonline. Your paper will automatically process through Turnitin text comparison software. You do NOT need to attach an assignment cover sheet and the assessment sheet pro forma.
Late submissions will incur penalties according to the guidelines of the school.

*The in-text referencing must be quoted and the page number of in-text referencing must be needed and matched to the end-text referencing.

* use australia case as much as possible and is better

Course Objectives
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
CO1. Analyse how research relates to evidence based practice in the human services.
CO2. Critically assess research reports and academic literature
CO3. Conduct and write a literature review
CO4. Compare introductory qualitative and quantitative research methods and their applicators
CO5. Understand and implement research design and analyse findings

Course Content
The students will develop ability to conceptualise meanings of knowledge, overview of the research process; research as practice with examples from social research as activism, social policy development, community development, submissions for funding for organisations and programs and evidence based daily practice; formulating the research question and aims; the use and engagement of literature in research; research design including theoretical orientations; sampling methods; ethics, equity and diversity; introduction to examples of qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis; and writing research proposals.

Learning Resources
You will need continual access to the following text(s) to complete this course. The library does not hold multiple copies of the nominated text books. It is strongly recommended that you purchase the book(s).
Neuman, WL 2011, Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches, 7th edn, Pearson, Boston.