|dc.description.abstract||The aim of this research was to empower Coloureds in Greenspark based on
qualitative and quantitative research from a narrative approach so that they can
develop their potential as leaders in the community by means of a group work
leadership development programme.
The thesis comprises of five Sections.
This section indicates the actuality of the research. The problem statement as well
as the aim and five objectives are explained in this section. This research was
undertaken within the DR & U model, namely The Developmental and Utilization
model of Grinnell (1981) with a combined qualitative and quantitative research
approach. This research was done from a social constructivist paradigm, and the
research epistemology was qualitative by nature. The exploratory design was
used as research plan. In order to note down data collection and processing
systematically, video recordings were made of the group discussions. Two
external evaluators as well as the group members themselves were also used to
do the evaluation. The group work leadership development programme was also
evaluated by the group members by means of a self-compiled questionnaire.
This section took the form of five articles in which the research findings were
reported. All five articles form part of the overarching research aim and objectives
and of the entire research project. However, each article is a distinctive subdivision
of the entire research project, because it also functions independently -
each with an own objective, own research methodology as well as a distinctive
content. Section B consists of the following articles:
The objective of Article 1 was to establish the role the empowerment approach
plays from the post-modern perspective in social work, by means of literature
analysis. Empowerment was applied differently in different situations within the
post-modern philosophy. Group work as a method of social work is a possible
way in which the empowerment of individuals can be dealt with. Together with the
community, the parties involved are responsible for empowering individuals.
The objective of this article was to establish the points of departure of the narrative
approach by means of a literature analysis. From the literature analysis, it became
clear that the narrative approach does not work with strategies, but with
responsibilities, in which each individual takes responsibility for his/her own social
construction, which includes his/her choices for life.
Article 3 discussed the role the narrative approach plays in group work within
social work. Guidelines for dealing with empowerment within the group work
process from the narrative approach were determined by means of a literature
analysis. The focus was on relevant literature with specific reference to narrative
theory, which included empowerment as well as the post-modern way of thinking
and the description of group work.
The objective of Article 4 was to determine the role the narrative approach
possibly plays in group work. The theoretical knowledge was utilised from the
narrative approach in developing a group work leadership development
With Article 5, the objective was to evaluate the group work development
programme. This evaluation was attended to by two external consultants, as well
as the group members themselves.
In Section C, the synoptic findings, conclusions and recommendations with regard
to this research were discussed. The limitations of the research under review
were indicated and recommendations were made with the view to use it in group
work theory and in practice for training and research purposes.
Although each article and sections A and C are accompanied by an own source
list, a combined source list of the entire research is given in this section.
All addendums that were referred to in the thesis are contained in this section.||