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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



Conducting Research and Mentoring Students in Africa: CODESRIA College of Mentors Handbook

A. K. Bangura, J. A. Obando, I. I. Munene, C. Shisanya, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2019, ISBN: 978-2-86978-833-6

This handbook presents a selection of qualitative, quantitative, emergent and comparative research methods, many of which are African-centered. Furthermore; it discusses epistemological paradigms in the social research, mentoring techniques, publishing strategies, Internet research techniques, and research integrity and ethics. The book is designed primarily to provide researchers with an understanding of some research approaches that are useful for researching Africa. By asking fundamental questions about how to rethink methods, this book is also a critical contribution for thinking through knowledge decolonisation. The suggestions made about the possibility of studying Africa systematically are therefore subject to close examination. What integrates the chapters in this book can seem somewhat ordinary. But many research and mentoring insights are so discernible, so essential, that they are arduous to master, and convey with originality and clarity. The inventiveness of this book therefore hinges upon the simplicity with which conventional but distinct facts about the approaches examined are assembled into a coherent and intellectually persuasive synthesis.

Abdul Karim Bangura is a researcher-in-residence of Abrahamic Connections and Islamic Peace Studies at the Center for Global Peace in the School of International Service at American University and the director of The African Institution, in Washington DC, USA.

Joy A. Obando is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at Kenyatta University. She holds a PhD in Geomorphology from King’s College London and studied for her Master’s in Geography and Bachelor of Education at Kenyatta University.

Ishmael I. Munene is professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University teaching courses in Comparative Education, Higher Education, and Educational Research.

Chris Shisanya is former Chairperson of the Department of Geography and is currently Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Full Professor of Geography, specializing in the feld of Agroclimatology, at Kenyatta University.

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