n South African Journal of Higher Education - Team research : an exploration




During the past years, the concept of team research has become a frequent topic of discussion as researchers realise the benefits that can be derived from collaborative efforts. A paucity of literature is, however, available on procedures and strategies that can be used as part of this process. The present article explores the concept of team research by focusing on a collaborative project that was conducted by the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC), University of Pretoria (UP) and the Department of Speech and Hearing Therapy at the University of Durban-Westville (UDW) in consultation with the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Program from the University of Purdue (Indiana, USA). The aims of the project were to build expertise in the field of AAC and severe disabilities as well as to facilitate research capacity building amongst staff and students involved. The process and strategies used to facilitate interaction between teams are discussed and a specific framework for the planning of collaborative projects is presented. Finally problems that were experienced during the process are discussed and recommendations are made for the management of further collaborative research projects.


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