Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice

Mixed Methods Research: Merging Theory with Practice

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by Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber
     
 

ISBN-10: 1606235052

ISBN-13: 9781606235058

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.

This accessibly written book is ideal for use in graduate courses or by practicing researchers and evaluators. The author puts the research problem at center stage, showing how mixed methods designs can fruitfully address different types of research questions. She illustrates the discussion with examples of mixed methods studies from a variety of disciplines and

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This accessibly written book is ideal for use in graduate courses or by practicing researchers and evaluators. The author puts the research problem at center stage, showing how mixed methods designs can fruitfully address different types of research questions. She illustrates the discussion with examples of mixed methods studies from a variety of disciplines and qualitative approaches (interpretive, feminist, and postmodern). The text demonstrates how to navigate ethical issues; gather, analyze, and interpret data; and write up the results, including an in-depth example with step- by-step commentary. Special features include "researcher standpoint" reflections from leading scholars and practical strategies to help users develop their own research perspectives. Every chapter concludes with a glossary, discussion questions, and useful Web resources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606235058
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Mixed Methods Research 1

What Are Mixed Methods? 3

Why Use Mixed Methods? 3

Objectives of This Book 9

A Comprehensive Perspective on Mixed Methods 10

A Comprehensive Approach to Mixed Methods 11

The Need for Qualitative Approaches to Mixed Methods Research 14

Qualitative Mixed Methods Approaches: Some Examples 19

The Perils of Mixed Methods 21

The Practice of Mixed Methods: Behind the Scenes Stephen Borgatti 23

The Promise of Mixed Methods Research 24

Glossary 26

Discussion Questions 27

Suggested Websites 27

2 Formulating Questions, Conducting a Literature Review, Sampling Design, and the Centrality of Ethics in Mixed Methods Research 29

Researcher Reflexivity in the Question-Asking Process: The "Cart before the Horse" Metaphor 29

The Influence of Stakeholders in the Formulation of Research Questions 33

The Role of the Research Literature 35

Types of Research Questions 40

What Are Mixed Methods Research Questions? 44

Returning to the "Cart before the Horse" Metaphor: A Caveat 47

Approaches to Sampling Designs 49

The Centrality of Ethics in the Mixed Methods Research Process 55

Glossary 59

Discussion Questions 60

Suggested Websites 61

3 A Qualitative Approach to Mixed Methods Design, Analysis, Interpretation, Write Up, and Validity 63

What Is a Qualitative Approach lo Mixed Methods? 63

A Mixed Methods Qualitative Framework 64

A Qualitative Approach to Mixed Methods Research Design 67

A Qualitative Approach to Analysis and Interpretation of Mixed Methods Research 72

Guidelines for Mixing Methods at the Data Analysis and Interpretation Stage 75

Writing Up Mixed Methods Projects 82

Validity and Reliability in Mixed Methods Research 85

Appendix 3.1 Quantizing Qualitative Data 92

Appendix 3.2 Quantizing Quantitative Data 97

Glossary 99

Discussion Questions 101

Suggested Websites 101

4 Interpretative Approaches to Mixed Methods Research 104

The Practice of an Interpretative Approach to Mixed Methods Research: Case Studies 105

Why an Interpretative Approach to Research Uses a Mixed Methods Design 122

Challenges to Implementing a Mixed Methods Design and the Need for Researcher Reflexivity 124

Glossary 126

Discussion Questions 127

Suggested Websites 127

5 Feminist Approaches to Mixed Methods Research 128

What Is Feminist Research? 128

Mixed Methods and the Feminist Approach 132

Using a Feminist Mixed Methods Approach to Reveal Subjugated Knowledge and Silenced Voices 133

Using a Feminist Mixed Methods Approach to Understand Differences among Women 141

Using a Feminist Mixed Methods Approach to Empower Women's Lives 143

Using a Feminist Mixed Methods Approach for Social Change and Social Policy Transformation 145

The Need for Mixed Methods feminist Research Approaches 149

Glossary 151

Discussion Questions 152

Suggested Websites 152

6 Postmodernist Approaches to Mixed Methods Research Chris Kelly 154

What Is Postmodernism? 154

Postmodernist Questions and Mixed Methods Research Design 157

The Benefits of a Mixed Methods Design in Postmodern Research 169

Glossary 172

Discussion Questions 172

Suggested Websites 173

7 Putting It Together: Qualitative Approaches to Mixed Methods Research Praxis 174

Pulling It into Practice: Conducting a Qualitative Approach to a Mixed Methods Research Project 175

Step 1 Research Problem Stage: The Mixed Methods Research Problem 180

Step 2 Determining Your Mixed Methods Research Design 181

Step 3 Data Collection Stage 182

Step 3 Continued. Specific Data Collection Techniques 188

Step 4 Data Analysis and Interpretation 190

Step 5 Writing Up a Mixed Methods Study 197

Conclusion: Evaluating Your Mixed Methods Project 200

Appendix 7.1 Examples of Consent Forms 202

Glossary 204

Discussion Questions 205

Suggested Websites 205

8 Conclusion: The Prospects and Challenges of Mixed Methods Praxis 207

A Mixed Methods Tale 207

Confusing Methodology with Method 210

The Importance of Emergent Methods for Mixed Methods Research 212

The Challenges of Utilizing a Mixed Methods Approach 213

The Need for a Comprehensive Approach to Mixed Methods 215

Glossary 216

Discussion Questions 217

Suggested Website 217

References 219

Author Index 229

Subject Index 232

About the Author 239

About the Contributing Author 240

About the Researchers Interviewed 241

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