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By J. Mouton

ISBN-10: 0796906483

ISBN-13: 9780796906489

Given that its book in 1988, this has develop into one of many major technique textbooks in South African tertiary schooling. It presents an creation to the elemental innovations of social technological know-how study, and enhances books on particular learn tools and strategies.

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SUMMARY The first aim in this chapter was to clarify the concept social sciences research. In terms of the definition of social sciences research which is used in this book, five dimensions are distinguished. These are the sociological, ontological, ideological, epistemological and methodological dimensions. The fact that we allude to five dimensions of social sciences research is already an indication that these five aspects are conceptually linked. For this reason, we have stressed that these dimensions are mutually determined.

The alternative to rigid objectivism or fundamentalism is neither complete relativism nor scepticism. This is the fundamental epistemological postulate of the book. Because of the complexity of the research domain of the social sciences, and the inherent inaccuracy and fallibility of research, it is necessary to accept that complete certainty is unattainable. The likelihood that research findings may have limited or contextual validity is accepted, while bearing in mind that subsequent research may reveal that it is invalid.

In this model we distinguish between the following five typical research decisions: (1) (2) Choice of a research topic. Problem formulation. 33 (3) (4) (5) Conceptualization and operationalization. Data collection. Analysis and interpretation of data. In this chapter we shall deal with the first two steps, while the last three are dealt with in chapters 3, 4 and 5. In our discussion of each of these five steps, we shall present: (i) (ii) (iii) a brief explanation of what is involved in the particular decision-making step; a discussion of the most important threats to validity which typically occur in this context; and an indication of which steps may be taken to counteract or eliminate the effect of those threats to validity.

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