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DE KLERK, Ben J.; DE WET, Fritz W.  and  PIETERSE, Hennie J.C.. The necessity of taking account of meta-theoretical assumptions in the scientific approach and task envisaged for practical theology. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp.1-11. ISSN 2305-0853.

This article is the fourth in the research project Meta-theoretical assumptions in practical theology. In the preceding articles, a case was made for the necessity of expressing the own meta-theoretical assumptions regarding the view on reality and the hermeneutical process involved in understanding the actions of faith in the research field of practical theology. In this article, the focus is on the meta-theoretical assumptions at play in the researchers' vision for engaging the research field on a scientific level. The role that meta-theoretical factors play in defining the nature and task of scientific activity, is discussed. An attempt is made to develop a model that integrates the presence and effects of meta-theoretical assumptions in the researchers' specific vision regarding the scientific task of practical theology. An example of an actual research project is given to illustrate the impact that meta-theoretical assumptions can have on the design of a scientific study.

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