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Overview

"This is an excellent addition to the literature of integrated methodology. The author has skillfully integrated diverse ways of thinking about mixed methods into a comprehensive and meaningful framework. By providing detailed examples, she makes it easy for both the students and the practitioners to understand the intricate details and complexities of doing mixed methods research. On the other hand, by comparing, contrasting, and bridging multiple perspectives about mixed methods, she has made this book very relevant and useful to seasoned scholars of mixed methodology."— Abbas Tashakkori, Frost Professor and coordinator, educational research and evaluation methodology, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, Florida International University, founding coeditor, Journal of Mixed Methods Research

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“This is an excellent addition to the literature ofintegrated methodology. The author has skillfully integrateddiverse ways of thinking about mixed methods into a comprehensiveand meaningful framework. By providing detailed examples, she makesit easy for both the students and the practitioners to understandthe intricate details and complexities of doing mixed methodsresearch. On the other hand, by comparing, contrasting, andbridging multiple perspectives about mixed methods, she has madethis book very relevant and useful to seasoned scholars of mixedmethodology.”—Abbas Tashakkori, Frost Professor andcoordinator, educational research and evaluation methodology,Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, FloridaInternational University, founding coeditor, Journal of MixedMethods Research

“Jennifer Geene’s book is an exquisite andindispensable map for those who are ready for the challenge ofgenuinely mixing methods.”—Michael Quinn Patton,author, Utilization-Focused Evaluation and QualitativeResearch and Evaluation Methods

“Jennifer Greene’s ‘mixed methods way ofthinking’ takes us beyond the mechanics of the process andtoward the multifaceted understandings which only those methods cangenerate."—Charles Teddlie, distinguished professor of education,Louisiana State University

“This is an important book that provides valuable insightsinto the theory and design of mixed methods studies anddown-to-earth practical guidance, both presented in a clear andengaging writing style.”—Joseph A. Maxwell, associateprofessor, Graduate School of Education,   George MasonUniversity

“This is an important book that will be a key text forsocial scientists and graduate students with an interest in therapidly evolving field of mixed methods research. It also providesresearchers with many insights into mixed methodspractice.”

—Alan Bryman, professor of organizational and social research,School of Management, University of Leicester

“This is the best available book on the topic for bothscholars and students.”—Mary Lee Smith, regents professor,Arizona State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787983826
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/26/2007
  • Series: Research Methods for the Social Sciences Series, #9
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 911,231
  • Product dimensions: 7.05 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer C. Greene is professor in quantitative and evaluative research methodologies, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, at the University of Illinois, Champaign.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.

Introduction.

The Author.

PART ONE.

CHAPTER ONE: MENTAL MODELS AND MIXED METHODS INQUIRY.

Group Discussion.

Making Sense of These Conversations: The Concept of MentalModels.

Mixed Methods Social Inquiry as Mixing Mental Models.

An Invitation to Read This Book.

Who Is Invited.

CHAPTER TWO: ADOPTING A MIXED METHODS WAY OF THINKING.

A Mixed Methods Way of Thinking.

Looking Ahead.

CHAPTER THREE: THE HISTORICAL ROOTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY MIXEDMETHODS CONVERSATION.

The Philosophical Seeds of Discontent.

The Seeds of Discontent in Practice.

The Great Qualitative-Quantitative Debate.

Rapprochement and the Emergence of the Idea of MixingMethods.

But Troubled Waters Remained.

CHAPTER FOUR: CONTESTED SPACES: PARADIGMS AND PRACTICE IN MIXEDMETHODS SOCIAL INQUIRY.

On the Nature of Philosophical Paradigms for Social Inquiry, andMental Models, Too.

Interlude.

On the Relationships of Mental Models (and Paradigms) toPractice.

A Reflective Stance.

My Mixed Methods Story.

CHAPTER FIVE: STANCES ON MIXING PARADIGMS AND MENTAL MODELSWHILE MIXING METHODS.

Various Stances on Mixing Paradigms While MixingMethods—An Overview.

Reprise.

INTERLUDE ONE: AN ILLUSTRATION OF A MIXED METHODS WAY OFTHINKING.

Study Purpose.

Mixed Methods Research Design.

Mixed Methods Analysis.

Sample Results.

PART TWO.

CHAPTER SIX: MIXING METHODS ON PURPOSE.

Mixing Methods for Better Understanding.

Purposes for Mixing Methods.

An Illustration of Mixed Methods Purposes in Practice.

Practical Procedures for Thinking About and Identifying MixedMethods Purposes.

Mixed Methods Purposes and Stances on Mixing Paradigms WhileMixing Methods.

CHAPTER SEVEN: DESIGNING MIXED METHODS STUDIES.

Mixing Methods at Different Stages of Social Inquiry: MixedMethods and Mixed Model Designs.

Mixing Methods Within a Single Study or Across Studies in aProgram of Research.

Dimensions of Difference in Mixed Methods Design.

Component and Integrated Mixed Methods Designs.

Other Formulations of Mixed Methods Design.

Illustrations of Mixed Methods Designs in Practice.

Connecting Mixed Methods Designs to Mixed Methods ParadigmStances and Mixed Methods Purposes.

INTERLUDE TWO: MIXED METHODS PURPOSES AND DESIGNS IN ACTION.

Overall Mixed Methods Purposes and Design.

Mixed Methods Contributions to the MTO Study.

CHAPTER EIGHT: MIXED METHODS DATA ANALYSIS.

Thinking About Mixed Methods Data Analysis.

Mixed Methods Data Analysis Strategies.

Mixed Methods Data Analysis Exemplars.

Reprise.

CHAPTER NINE: JUDGING THE QUALITY OF MIXED METHODS SOCIALINQUIRY.

Thinking About Inquiry Criteria in Mixed Methods SocialInquiry.

Inference Quality in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry.

Legitimation as Quality in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry.

Warranting the Quality of Inferences in Mixed MethodsInquiry.

An Illustration.

CHAPTER TEN: WRITING UP AND REPORTING MIXED METHODS SOCIALINQUIRY.

Writing Up Mixed Methods Social Inquiry: Representation inSocial Inquiry.

Writing Up Mixed Methods Social Inquiry: Two PreliminaryPrinciples.

INTERLUDE THREE: MORE CREATIVITY IN MIXED METHODS DATA ANALYSISAND DISPLAY.

The Metaphor.

The Example.

An Application of the Archipelago Metaphor.

PART THREE.

CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE POTENTIAL AND PROMISE OF MIXED METHODSSOCIAL INQUIRY.

References.

Index.

TABLES, FIGURES, & EXHIBITS.

TABLES.

6.1. A " Roughly Hewn " List of Inquiry Purposes.

6.2. Connections Between Mixed Methods Paradigm Stances andPurposes.

7.1. Component Mixed Methods Design Examples.

7.2. Integrated Mixed Methods Design Examples.

7.3. Mixed Methods Design Features of the SHATIL Evaluation.

7.4. Mixed Methods Design Features of the RESA Evaluation.

7.5. Connecting Mixed Methods Designs to Mixed Methods ParadigmStances and Mixed Methods Purposes.

8.1. Summary of Mixed Methods Data Analysis Strategies.

8.2. Classroom and Family Measures in the Ecological SystemsStudy.

8.3. Site-level Implementation of the REA Reading Principles, byData Set.

FIGURES.

10.1. Standard Representation of Survey Results.

10.2. Alternative Representation of Survey Results.

EXHIBIT.

5.1. Mixing Methods and Mixing Paradigms or MentalModels?

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