Enhancing Qualitative Research to Postgraduates Through Training
Professor, University of South Africa, South Africa
*Corresponding Author: Thuledi Makua, Professor, University of South Africa, South Africa.
November 24, 2021; Published: January 25, 2022
The purpose of this paper was to explore and develop the knowledge of the postgraduate researchers registered in masters and doctoral degree programmes at various universities. A Participatory Action Research as an empowering approach was used and twenty government employees were invited from Kwa Mhlanga area, in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa to voluntarily participate over a period of sixteen-weeks of contact sessions. Through interviews the participants verbalized their frustrations and needs for research skills. The lessons learnt from the project were communicated through participants self-reporting. Thematic analysis revealed that (1) participants do not have formal opportunities for research training from the basic training institutions and employer, and (2) not understanding what research is from basic education, participants do not have courage to register for research studies at tertiary institutions. The project enhanced the participants’ knowledge and understanding of qualitative research methodology in the way that they reflected it through diverse choices.
Keyword: Emotional Intelligence; Enhancing; Postgraduate Researcher; Qualitative Research; Training
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