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By J. Mouton

Seeing that its e-book in 1988, this has turn into one of many prime technique textbooks in South African tertiary schooling. It offers an advent to the elemental thoughts of social technology learn, and enhances books on particular learn equipment and strategies.

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A tentative answer to this question was suggested in the working definition of social sciences research presented earlier, in which we stated that scientific research is characterized by attempts to ensure that it is objective. It is for this reason that the main thesis of this book is that it is only possible to generate valid findings in the social sciences if the research is objective. We would, however, hasten to add that our interpretation of objectivity is neither positivistic nor objectivistic.

Within the project perspective, it is usual to refer to specific project objectives such as: • • Theoretical: Exploratory, descriptive and explanatory (which includes evaluation and prediction studies) research. Practical: To provide information, diagnose and solve problems and planning and monitoring social programmes. g. g. g. g. g. g. Maxwell) It seems inappropriate to claim that a specific project or study will result in truth or even more far-fetched — certain and indubitable knowledge. At this level, we are more inclined to talk of the validity, demonstrability, reliability or replicability of our research findings.

Somewhat more advanced is the text by Koningsveld (1980), while Newton-Smith (1981) is regarded as the most balanced introductory text on the contemporary state of the art of the philosophy of science, although it is probably more suitable for the advanced student. For the real connoisseur, one can hardly do better than to read Asquith and Kyburg (1979) which is generally regarded as the standard reference source. 3. A number of excellent publications on the philosophy of the social sciences has appeared during the past decade.

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