Terblanché-Greeff, Aïda Chantell, & Ruth Ananka Loubser (2021, October). Unpacking Q-research: Context-specific considerations and implications for climate change education in rural areas. SAGE Open, 11(4). (Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440211056611)

Abstract: In this paper, we argue that William Stephenson’s Q methodology, when demonstrated through the research conducted for the SANCOOP: Climate & Beliefs project, can provide guidance for doing context-specific mixed-method research and has implications for climate change education in South Africa. In the project, Q-methodology was mixed with techniques of transcendental philosophical analysis, to investigate the correlations between subjectivity and climate change adaptation in rural South African context. Subsequently, context-specific considerations are in order, since limited research employing mixed Q-methodology has previously been conducted in rural South Africa. Thereby, we hope to provide some guidance for conducting mixed methodological research in this context. Finally, the implications of mixed methodology for climate change education in South Africa are discussed in the light of epistemic justice in the construction of knowledge.

Aïda Chantell Terblanché-Greeff <aida.botha@nwu.ac.za> is in the School of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Potchefstroom, North-West, South Africa.

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