Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22128
Title: Understanding and Applying Research Paradigms in Educational Contexts
Contributor(s): Kivunja, Charles  (author); Kuyini, Ahmed Bawa (author)
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.5430/ijhe.v6n5p26
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/22128
Abstract: The concept of research paradigm is one that many higher degree research students, and even early career researchers, find elusive to articulate, and challenging to apply in their research proposals. Adopting an ethnographic and hermeneutic methodology, the present paper draws upon our experiences as lecturers in Research Methods over many years, and upon pertinent literature to explain the meaning of research paradigm. The paper elucidates the key aspects of research paradigms that researchers should understand well to be able to address this concept adequately in their research proposals. It offers suggestions on how researchers can locate their research into a paradigm and the justification needed for paradigm choice. With the explicit purpose of helping higher degree research (HDR) students design effective research proposals, the paper also discusses the different research methodologies best suited to conduct research in each of the paradigms discussed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Higher Education, 6(5), p. 26-41
Publisher: Sciedu Press
Place of Publication: Canada
ISSN: 1927-6052
1927-6044
Field of Research (FOR): 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
130103 Higher Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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