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  • Research at grass roots - For the social sciences and human service professions 5/e
  • Fouché CB, Strydom H, Roestenburg WJH (Editors)
  • ISBN: 9780627038211
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627038228
  • 624 Pages | Published: 2020


For many years Research at Grass roots supported social science researchers and human service professionals with a comprehensive, local and easy-to-use research guide. The book assists novice researchers, as well as more experienced researchers, postgraduate students and academics with a range of methodological decisions required in planning, designing, executing and reporting research.

Even though De Vos’ passing necessitated a change of editor, many salient features of the previous four successful editions of the book have been retained. The unique structure of the book is comprised different sections that highlight methodological decisions common to both the qualitative and quantitative paradigms, those unique to qualitative and quantitative research and those which combine these approaches.

This book has also been developed from decades of work with postgraduate students and practitioner-researchers. Exciting new features have been added in this edition, including material to support lecturers in their teaching research courses. New content includes: a focus on the growing impetus of ethical conduct in research with human participants, debates and developments in the field of big datasets, latest trends in narrative and arts-based designs, and contemporary data collection methods.

We retained contributions from experienced researchers, including Professors Herman Strydom, Wim Roestenburg, Christa Fouché, Willem Schurink and Allen Bartley with contributions from new scholars, Doctors Geyer, Chubb and Hashemi. We are excited about new contributions from Professor Sefotho on social research in professional practice and from Professors Masoga and Shokane on decolonising methodologies. We are convinced that, like many researchers over several decades, readers will find this book a prominent addition to their research reading.

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