Toward an African community-based research (ACBR) methodology

Ibhakewanlan, J.-O. and McGrath, S. (2015) Toward an African community-based research (ACBR) methodology. SAGE Open Medicine, 5(4), p. 2158244015613106. (doi: 10.1177/2158244015613106)

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Based on an expressed need in the past few years for an appropriate research methodology for colonized peoples, this article proposes a way of conducting research that is faithful to the essential tenets of the African culture. The article delineates principles of a community-based participatory approach to research in Africa. After first outlining the essential tenets of a community-based research (CBR) that are relevant for research projects in Africa, the article argued that the existing CBR lacked a specifically African philosophical basis. It explained the uniqueness of the African philosophy. It then summed up the research principles based on that philosophy. Last, the challenges of conducting such a research study in Africa were outlined. Despite the African emphasis of the overall approach, this proposed methodology may be employed in similar settings where issues such as decolonization are important variables in the research strategy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGrath, Professor Simon
Authors: Ibhakewanlan, J.-O., and McGrath, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:SAGE Open Medicine
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):2050-3121
Published Online:25 November 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in SAGE Open 5(4): 2158244015613106
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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