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  • Making Sense of Research
  • Tomaselli KG
  • ISBN: 9780627036019
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627036026
  • 480 Pages | Published: 2018

The word “research” has its origins in old French in the 16th century. The word rechercher meant (and still means) “to search for”. Nowadays we would say that research, and specifically “scientific” or “scholarly” research, is the search for truth, or the pursuit of or quest for credible knowledge. It is precisely because research has become such a complex and multidimensional endeavour that we need to “make sense of” it. Making sense of research thus unpacks research as a technical and methodical process which starts with framing interesting questions and culminates in credible findings. (Johann Mouton)

Making sense of research is designed to take students beyond the messy experiential realm into what actually happens when getting registered, writing proposals, being examined and eventually crossing the stage to be capped.

Contents include the following:

-           Academic architecture and why history matters

-           How to do it (research)

-           Thematic techniques

-           Ethnographic, reception, visual and textual methods

-           Getting published

-           Some words on deconstructing deconstruction

-           Getting technically oriented

-           Getting conceptually orientated

Making sense of research is aimed at all research students.

I can say with some degree of confidence that no such book has yet been written in South Africa (or anywhere else for that matter) on how to do, think and suspect research. Witty, informative, and in parts irreverent, the wide range and critical treatment of research    topics earns this volume a secure place on the bookshelf of a postgraduate student or a young faculty member trying to make sense of the world of scholarly inquiry in a digital age.

                                                                                                                                                                                               ~Jonathan Jansen



Part 1: Academic architecture and why history matters

Part 2: Research in a digital age: Wot’s Wot app?

Section 1: Whereto the digerati with short attention spans?

Section 2: Paradigm wars, science, literature and numbers: wot’s app?

Section 3: How to do it (research)

Section 4: Thematic techniques  

Section 5: Ethnographic, reception, visual and textual methods  

Section 6: Getting published  

Section 7: Some words on deconstructing deconstruction

Part 3: Getting supervised

Section 1: Getting technically oriented

Section 2: Getting conceptually orientated






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