The Faculty recently held a workshop organised by it’s Reaserch Focus Area on Mixed Methods & Evaluation Research. It was held on 27 – 31 July 2009. The workshop was presented by Dr Donna Mertens from Gallaudet University, Washington DC, (USA).
Some of the following topics were covered:
Complexities that challenge such as trends in research and evaluation that support the need for consideration of social justice and human rights. – Ethics as a driving force for transformative inquiry. – Perspectives on reality through a lens of cultural diversity.
Self, partnerships and relationships – Human relations and validity in research and evaluation. – Knowing yourself in relation to community.
Developing the focus of research and evaluation studies – Sources that support bringing focus to inquiry. – Community members as sources.
Transformative Mixed Methods: Designs, examples, and applications. – Sampling consent & reciprocity.
Data collection, analysis, interpretation & use – Data collection methods, instruments, and strategies. – Language as a critical issue. – Data collection rooted in cultural diversity.
The workshop was attended by our faculty members as well as members from the Vaal Triangle Campus and the Social Sciences Faculty.
Finally, the whole group.