Research Methods for Adult Educators in Africa

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Pearson South Africa, 2005 - Education - 271 pages
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This book explores rationales for research methodologies embedded in African contexts. Issues discussed include: contexts for adult education research in Africa; philosophical and theoretical foundations of inquiry; philosophical perspectives and their implications for research; doing a literature review; getting started with a research proposal; quantitative research designs and carrying out surveys; summarising and analysing survey data; the nature of qualitative research; carrying out qualitative studies; combining qualitative and quantitative methods; research ethics; action research; feminist research approaches; and writing up and disseminating research.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Contexts
2
Key research concepts
4
Personal skills
5
African contexts
6
Politics of research
10
Research agendas
12
Relating topics
13
Research questions
14
Elements of a research proposal
79
Chapter 6 Carrying out a survey
92
Quantitative designs
94
Survey research
100
Sample selection methods
101
Sampling in African contexts
106
Surveys and design structures
107
Questionnaire surveys
109

Chapter 2 Foundations of inquiry
18
Situating knowledge systems
20
Positivistpostpositivist paradigm
23
The interpretive paradigm
28
The emancipatory paradigm
32
Chapter 3 African perspectives
40
African contexts 42 Imperialism and colonialism
42
African philosophy
44
Perceptions of reality
45
Communitycentred knowledge
49
Storytelling framework
51
Cultural artefacts
54
Language as knowledge
55
Chapter 4 Doing a literature review
58
What is a literature review?
60
Writing a literature review
63
Finding the literature
64
Organising collected material
66
Writing analytically
67
Using references
69
Chapter 5 Getting started
72
Positioning the researcher
74
Knowing the discipline
75
Identifying a research problem
76
Writing a research proposal
78
Administering a survey
114
Implementing a survey
116
Chapter 7 Working with survey data
120
Preparing data for analysis
122
Descriptive statistics
124
Measures of central tendency
127
Measures of dispersion
128
Significance testing
130
Chisquare test
133
Chapter 8 Qualitative research
140
Datagathering techniques
146
Observation
155
Chapter 9 Doing a qualitative study
162
Data analysis
172
Chapter 10 Combining methods
180
Chapter 11 Action research
192
Participatory rural appraisal
198
Data analysis
206
Chapter 13 Research ethics
226
Value of research
232
Chapter 14 Writing up
240
Other important components
249
References
260
Index
266
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