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7th AGPA

The 7th Africana Post-Graduate Academy (APGA)

August 17, 2017

Business School, TUT, 159 Nana Sita Street

 Floor 4

 

Hosted at Tshwane University of Technology with the Directorate of Research & Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), SARChI Chair in Foreign Diplomacy, University of Johannesburg (UJ) & SAChI Chair in Innovation Studies, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

 

Title:   Quality Research Writing and Publishing with Relevance for High Rating and Impact Output

Background

All advances in scientific understanding, at every level, begin with a speculative adventure, an imaginative preconception of what might be true- a preconception which always, and necessarily, goes a little way (and sometimes, a long way) beyond anything which we have logical or factual authority to believe in. It is the invention of a possible world, or of a tiny fraction of that world. The conjecture is then exposed to criticism to find out whether or not that imagined world is anything like the real one. Scientific reasoning is therefore, at all levels an interaction between two episodes of thought - a dialogue between two voices, the one imaginative and the other critical, a dialogue, if you like, between the possible and the actual, between proposal and disposal, conjecture and criticism, between what might be true and what is in fact the case (Medawar,The Hope of Progress, Methuen, London, 1972,p.22).

Let us explore approaches to undertake research with the objective of how to both write and publish high quality output with impact and rating. To begin with, let us acknowledge that  we can always do research without having detailed knowledge of various approaches and styles of research; but it is helpful to have an understanding of the different approaches of, for and in doing research. Insight into planning a research investigation can be facilitated by first learning the different approaches of why and how research has been done! Exposure to literature that enhances a better understanding of one’s own research can be gained by first examining the different approaches. Thus, there is a spill over effect, even though it may not directly be relevant to the problem one is embarking upon to investigate and research. So on balance, familiarity with different approaches is necessary though it may not be the tool that is chosen to do one’s own specific research. It is also important to undertake an appropriate  literature review to understand the topic of investigation, to record the knowledge of what has been accomplished already, the ways other research related to the topic of interest have been undertaken before, to recognise and know the evidence or proof of strong understanding of previous work done on the topic of one’s research,  to review all relevant theories pertinent to the research question, and the way the relevant theories have been applied and used, as well as the main criticisms of the weaknesses and strengths of the theories and generally of the work pertinent to the research selected for  carrying out a specific line or angle of inquiry.

The strategies for doing research recognise that  researchers face both choices and constraints in the process of doing research. Decisions of which choice to make, which direction to take, which is more appropriate for doing given research as opposed to others is not a straight forward matter. Given a number of choices available, making a choice requires evaluation, judgment, an expectation of what to achieve and an understanding of the problem and context of the choices, the resources needed, and other implications. How to discover the choices that promote better research strategies than others is a challenge. The key challenge is to make choices that are better suited to promote better research strategies than others with relevance, feasibility, coverage, accuracy, objectivity and ethical considerations.. The 7th AGPA will focus on making sure all the doctoral candidates fully learn the following:Approaches, strategies, methods,  and analytical techniques, with creativity and innovation in carrying out quality research for high level rating and impact. Writing  and publication  skills  for producing high quality research output are the expected outcomes for the 7th AGPA training  to enrich  all the emerging doctoral scholars that volunteer to join us and learn with us.

The students must send their presentation in advance in order to receive very constructive feedback from  professors and post-docs and from each other. Students not only give presentations they should also learn to provide feedback. So we have strong interactive rich learning environment.

 

           Programme

 

Registration

 

8:45-9:00

Welcome address

Programme Director

VC and /DVC Research, TUT (invited)

Dr. Rita Raseleka

9:00-9:10

 

9:10- 9:15

Opening remarks

   Prof Chris Landsberg, UJ & Prof Mammo Muchie

9:15-10:00

 

Lecture sessions

Speakers

Topics 

Time

 Dr.Diran Soumonni

 "Knowledge, Truth and Belief (Ontology and Epistemology): 'Ways of Knowing'".

10:00-10:30

 

Prof. Mammo Muchie

Research for Writing and Publishing for achieving highly Rated and Impactful  Quality Output

10:30-11:00

Dr. Mulatu Zerihun

Quantitative Data Collection, Analysis and Inference Techniques for Postgraduate Studies

11:00-11:30

 Prof. Sunday Ojo

Research in Writing top Rated Papers in ICTs , Engineering and Natural Sciences

11:30-12:00

Dr. Richard Shambare

Qualitative Research in Human and Social Sciences

12:00-12:30

Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina

"Bringing yourself into your scholarship: A conversation about the journey

12:30-13:00

Lunch Break

 

13:00-13:45

 

Post-Graduate Students Parallel Sessions with Mentors’ feedback.

 

Sessions

 

14:00-17:45

Sessions I Social Sciences

Sessions II Natural Sciences, Engineering

Grouped in parallel panels

14:00 – 16:00

 

 Sharing  constructive critical Feedback Postdocs, Lecturers  and Professors by sharing from the panel  presentations

16:10 – 17:50

Vote of Thanks

Dr Diran Soumonni

17:50-18:00

 

Expected Mentors that have continued to support AGPA to build high quality doctorates in South Africa and the rest of Africa

1.      Professors and lectures:

Chris Landsberg, Felix Dakora, Sunday Ojo, Sadiqu, Zeleke Worku, John Trimble, K.Mpofu, Vusi Gumede, Serges Alain Djoyou Kamga, Joe Amadi-Echendu, Edilegnaw Wale, John Mugabe, Teddy Desta, Yoseph Getachew  Fisseha Mekuria, Mjumo Mzyece and others that are always most welcome to share the mentorship task to improve post-graduate skills training and output.

2.      Post-Docs:

                Swapan, Paul, John, Ajebush, Yohannes, Jegede and post docs from the         SARChI chair in UJ  Shilalo Westen,Nganje Fritz and David Monyae and post-docs from Industrial Engineering Opeyeolu Laseinde   

3.      Doctoral emerging scholars

They all can also join the learning through doing interactive innovative and creative feedback on the work presented in each panel. We will be able to construct the panels by taking into consideration the disciplines   and the research similarity to form the panels by including all to generate enduring networks amongst the post-graduate doctoral emerging scholars.

We expect 50 doctoral emerging scholars and 5 panels will be formed where we expect 10 doctorates in each panel... There will be at least one senior mentor and post doc in each panel to give feedback. The doctorates are also expected to give feedback to each other’s work.

We expect all to attend the afternoon where the interactive learning with the means of panel presentations will be taking place.

Organising Committee

·         Dr Rita Raseleka - TUT

·         Dr Diran Soumonni – Wits University

·         Prof Chris Landsberg – UJ

·         Prof Mammo Muchie - TUT

 

RSVP to Ms. Elsa Lourens : e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Final  closing Date for RSVP is 15 August, 2017

 

 

 

 

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