Mixing Methods in Psychology: The Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

"Mixing Methods in Psychology looks in detail at the problems involved in attempting to reconcile qualitative and quantitative methods both within and across subjects. All angles of the debate are discussed, covering areas as diverse as health, education, social, clinical and economic psychology. The contributors, who are some of the leading figures in the field, present theoretical and methodological guidance as well as practical examples of how quantitative and qualitative methods can be fruitfully combined. By aiming to bridge the gap between the two methods, this book reveals how each can inform the other to produce more accurate theories and models of human behaviour." This text will be essential reading for students and researchers wishing to combine methods, or for anyone who simply wants to gain a more thorough understanding of the debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415186490
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Theoretical and historiographical foundations 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Coming full (hermeneutic) circle : the controversy about psychological methods 17
3 Reinventing validity : reflections on principles and practices from beyond the quality-quantity divide 37
Pt. II Mixing it up 59
4 Discursive analysis and the interpretation of statistics 61
5 "Structured judgement methods" - the best of both worlds? 81
6 Q methodology and qualiquantology : the example of discriminating between emotions 101
Pt. III Examples of mixed method research 121
7 Valuing the "value of life" : a case of constructed preferences? 123
8 Method and methodology in interpretive studies of cognitive life 149
9 Integrating survey and focus group research : a case study of attitudes of English and German language learners 169
Pt. IV Mixed methods within the discipline 185
10 Educational psychology and difficult pupil behaviour : qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods? 187
11 Taking quality seriously : the case for qualitative feminist psychology in the context of quantitative clinical research on postnatal depression 207
12 Future directions 231
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