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  • Research at grass roots - For the social sciences and human services professions 5/e
  • Fouché CB, Strydom H, Roestenburg WJH
  • ISBN: 9780627038211
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627038228
  • 552 Pages | Published: 2021

For many years Research at grass roots: for the social sciences and human services professions supported social sciences researchers and human services professionals with a comprehensive, local and easy-to-use research guide. The work in this updated and expanded edition continues to assist 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 on their research endeavours.


Although many salient features of the previous four successful editions have been retained, exciting new features have been added, including material to support lecturers  who teach research courses. The unique structure of the book, consisting of different sections highlighting methodological decisions common to both the qualitative and quantitative approaches, those unique to qualitative and quantitative research and those which combine these approaches, have been developed from decades of work with postgraduate students and practitioner-researchers. 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 data sets; and the latest trends in thematic and narrative inquiry, as well as contemporary data collection methods.


Contributions from experienced researchers, including Herman Strydom, Wim Roestenburg, Christa Fouché, Willem Schurink and Allen Bartley build on the substantial work that has been done before, with new contributions from Stephan Geyer, Laura Ann Chubb and Ladan Hashemi. We are also excited about new chapters from Maximus Sefotho on social research in professional practice, as well as from Mogomme Masoga and Allucia Shokane on decolonising methodologies in the social sciences and human services professions.


We are convinced that, like many researchers over the last several decades, you will find this book a prominent addition to your own research reading.

Section A: Research in the human services professions

Chapter 1: Research and professional practice

Chapter 2: An Afro-sensed perspective on decolonising research methodologies

Chapter 3: Introduction to the research process


Section B: Steps common to both quantitative and qualitative research

Chapter 4: Framing the proposed study

Chapter 5: Developing the research proposal

Chapter 6: The place of literature and theory in research

Chapter 7: Ethical conduct in research with human participants

Chapter 8: Research dissemination and impact


Section C: Steps unique to quantitative research

Chapter 9: Quantitative research designs

Chapter 10: Big data in social science research

Chapter 11: Quantitative data collection methods

Chapter 12: Sampling techniques and pilot studies in quantitative research

Chapter 13: Quantitative data analysis and interpretation


Section D: Steps unique to qualitative research

Chapter 14: Thematic inquiry in qualitative research

Chapter 15: Narrative inquiry in qualitative research

Chapter 16: Contemporary data collection methods

Chapter 17: Interviews as data collection method

Chapter 18: Sampling techniques and pilot studies in qualitative research

Chapter 19: Qualitative data analysis and interpretation


Section E: Combined qualitative and quantitative research

Chapter 20: Mixed methods research

Chapter 21: Evaluation research

Chapter 22: Intervention research

Chapter 23: Participatory research

Chapter 24: Building a scientific base for the human services professions


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