Date: 24th September 2020

Duration: 60 minutes

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Hosted by: Dr. King Costa (Global Centre for Academic Research and AMADI University College)


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The C.O.S.T.A. Research Framework is a tool that was developed to assist students and novice researchers to navigate postgraduate studies with clarity and understanding. The emphasis of the method is on a five step approach comprising of (1) Concepts in research that are foundational to research language; (2) Objective of research which is being undertaken – likened to development of protocol or proposal; (3) Situation, emphasizing pre-comprehension of the current debate, likened to literature review; (4) Tact, which deals with methodological approaches to formulation of conclusions; (5) Assessment of output – ability to make judgments on trajectory followed and study results.

This current study focused on the use of thematic analysis by students and novice researchers in completion of their research reports and scientific writings, which essentially forms part of Stage 4 of the C.O.S.T.A Framework. The author used a systematic mapping review to select units of analysis for the sole purpose of demonstrating gaps and inconsistencies on the application of the concept of thematic analysis. In most research reports, students demonstrate clear articulation of methods in coding and themes generation, however, evidence of these codes and how themes were generated was not reflected on most of reports reviewed. This situation seems to be a prevalent in most research reports, which detailed explication of interpretation of participant’s comments during interviews taking the prominent feature of presentation of results/findings section.

It is for this reason that the C.O.S.T.A. Research Framework (Costak, 2019) is proposed as one of the methods for teaching students about different methods of qualitative data analysis in general and thematic analysis in particular.

Dr. King Costa is the managing director/registrar at Global Centre for Academic Research (G-CAR), research associate professor at AMADI University College, Swaziland; author of the C.O.S.T.A Research Model, a pedagogy for teaching and coaching postgraduate students on Research Methods. He is also a member of the following professional bodies: AQRA: Asian Qualitative Research Association, SAIMS: Southern African Institute of Management Scientists, SARIMA: Southern African Research Innovation & Management Association, Society of Professors of Education. He is a research supervisor and coach of Masters and PhD students across many universities in South Africa and other countries. He is an academic mentor at Publons Academy where he supervises learning on Peer Review methods. He is passionate about qualitative research and mixed methods of inquiry. He has contributed chapters in two academic research books published in Europe and USA, respectively.

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