Research Paper for Work and Family

Activity Description:



Individual Assignment.


Students are required to prepare an individual research paper addressing one of the major topics of the subject. The topic selected must focus on work, family/life issues. Your research paper must demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of critical challenges facing individuals, families, employers and/or communities in managing work, family and life issues.


Here is a checklist:

  1. Clearly define the aim(s) of your report and its scope.
  2. Discuss the importance of the topic

Theoretical importance

Practical importance

Is it a new, emerging, or under-researched topic

  1. Literature Review

Your discussion should link to the most important literature (include highly relevant and key studies)

Recognize relevant and important areas of literature

Demonstrate an understanding of the literature

Identify major themes and issues in the literature that are relevant to the selected topic

Review literature critically, pointing out limitations, conflicts, and ambiguities

  1. Discussion and Conclusion

What did you find overall?

Implications for practice that flow from your findings

What future research should now be done?

Practical implications

Activity Source:

Adapted by Jane Case from Bardoel, A. (2003). “Work, Family and Life” Syllabus.