Prof Emmanuel Adu Co-Edits Research Guide for students

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Prof Emmanuel Olusola Adu, a UFH Professor in the School of General and Continuing Education under the Faculty of Education is the Editor-in-Chief of a research textbook that seeks to guide students through their academic research journey.

Titled: Fundamentals of Research in Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Education: A practical step-by-step approach to a successful research journey, the book contains 27 chapters that are written by over 40 scholars across the African continent.  

Prof Adu, also the Faculty’s Acting Deputy Dean for Research and Internationalization, says the book offers a step-by-step guide for students who are conducting their academic research.

“For so many years, undergraduate as well as postgraduate research students, have been searching for a book that will simplistically guide them through the research journey. This book fulfills that quest.”

“Over the years, experience has shown editors of this textbook that most existing research methods texts have seemingly paid attention mainly to the philosophical, epistemological and ontological aspects of research. This is while the basic step-by-step skills necessary (as demonstrated through the various sections and chapters of the emerging book) for completion of the actual research task, have been left out, if not ignored.”

According to him, the book is informed purely and mainly by the practical experience of the editors through research methods teaching, research teaching and supervision at Masters and PhD levels,  as well as internal and external examinations of dissertations and theses.

Asked about his experience as Lead Editor, Prof Adu said: “It was awesome but rigorous.  Over 60 scholars showed interest in the book. The 42 scholars who contributed have done justice to the 27 solid chapters which demystify research and put to rest the phobia, nightmare, and misconceptions about research.”

The book proposal took over 12 months before it was commissioned by Van Schaik in November 2019. It will be published in December 2021 for the 2022 academic year.

Prof Emmanuel O. Adu is an inaugurated Professor in the School of General and Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, University of Fort Hare. South Africa, He is the recipient of the following Awards:

  • Faculty of Education Mentorship Grant Awards 2014-2018;
  •  Vice-Chancellor Senior Research Medal Awards 2015 and 2017 respectively;
  •  Faculty of Education Excellence Awards 2015-2019.

He has taught for over 22 years at universities in Nigeria, Botswana, and South Africa. His research interests include; Economics education, Teacher education and development, Curriculum studies, ICT in Education, and Educational research. He has over 200 publications to his credit and he is a Consulting Editor, Managing Editor, and Reviewer of many articles in reputable national and international journals.


By Aretha Linden