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Using Mixed Methods : Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology - David Plowright

Using Mixed Methods

Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology

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Published: 20th December 2010
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`This is an unusual and stimulating introductory research methods text which will be of real interest to anyone setting out on a small scale research study... The introduction of Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology (FRalM) is a novel and evidently productive way of understanding and synthesising the host of methodological literature that can so easily confuse the beginning researcher. A key text for the individual social science researcher and for those involved with introducing the general area of research methods to beginning researchers.'

Professor Peter Gilroy, Visiting Chair, University of Plymouth.

This is not just yet another book labeled Research Methods. It proposes a fundamentally different way of thinking about, and doing, social and educational research. In this approach the research methodology determines the philosophy rather than the reverse. Read this book before you read any of the other texts on research methods and you may never clutter up your mind in the first place!'

Professor David Hellawell, Birmingham City University.

Using Mixed Methods offers an innovative approach to social and educational research. The author sets out the case for research from a holistic perspective, integrating different methods, different data and overall research strategies.

This book shows how to use an integrated methodology that meets the needs of the postgraduate researcher who wants to challenge the traditional paradigmatic view of research.

This book is for final year undergraduate and postgraduate students on social science and education courses.

This is not just yet another book for the bookshelf labeled Research Methods. It proposes a fundamentally different way of thinking about, and doing, social and educational research. In this approach the research methodology determines the philosophy rather than the reverse. This basic shift from the usual perspective encourages not only a pragmatic approach to research but is surprisingly liberating. Much of the usual nomenclature of research is wiped clean away so that the student is freed from the notion of having to learn a new dictionary of research terminology before embarking on the voyage of discovery. This not only positively sanctions 'mixed methods' approaches, but implies that the traditional barriers between research methodologies have often been misguided. The framework offered in this book will be well worth considering by any student embarking on research in these fields. The overall structure of the book, the chapter summaries and the linking chapter conclusions offer in themselves a model of clear expression. Read this book before you read any of the other texts on research methods and you may never clutter up your mind in the first place!
Professor David Hellawell
Birmingham City University

This is an unusual and stimulating introductory research methods text which will be of real interest to anyone setting out on a small scale research study. It is not the first to reject the well-known qualitative/quantative dichotomy, but it is probably the first to reject the terms themselves and the conceptual baggage they bring with them, preferring instead to concentrate on the frameworks used to organise the way research is thought about. The introduction of Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology (FRaIM) is a novel and evidently productive way of understanding and synthesising the host of methodological literature that can so easily confuse the beginning researcher. The emphases throughout are on integration and methodology and on clarity of expression. Practical examples support and develop further the key elements of the book and each chapter is supported by relevant further reading. This book represents a key text for the individual social science researcher and for those involved with introducing the general area of research methods to beginning researchers
Professor Peter Gilroy

University of Plymouth

This is an intriguing book in many respects, perhaps the first true attempt I have come across to provide a practical framework for new researchers that want to work with mixed research methodology...I have already recommended students to take a look at it and see if it resonates with them and their work. Some have, with one or two deciding they will use it as a frame for their EdD theses....particularly for the new researcher, I imagine it could be a very useful tool in their research armoury
Dr Julie Anderson

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Acknowledgementsp. xi
About the authorp. xiii
From mixed methods to an integrated methodologyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Rejecting a traditional dichotomyp. 2
Frameworksp. 3
The structure of the bookp. 4
Associated readingp. 5
The FraIM: Frameworks for an Integrated Methodologyp. 6
Introductionp. 6
Explaining the FraIMp. 8
The research questionp. 8
The casesp. 14
Methods of data collectionp. 15
Datap. 17
Data analysisp. 18
A synthesisp. 18
Conclusionp. 21
Reflectionsp. 21
Associated readingp. 21
Case selection: data source managementp. 23
Introductionp. 23
Data sourcesp. 24
Number of cases in your researchp. 24
Degree of controlp. 26
Ecological validityp. 30
Generalisabilityp. 30
Integrating data sourcesp. 31
Conclusionp. 34
Reflectionsp. 35
Associated readingp. 35
Case selection: integrated samplingp. 36
Introductionp. 36
Types of samplingp. 38
Integrating data source management with case selectionp. 44
Conclusionp. 44
Reflectionsp. 45
Associated readingp. 48
Data collection: an overviewp. 49
Introductionp. 49
Level of mediationp. 50
An unfolding sequencep. 52
Degree of structurep. 54
Degree of structure: asking questionsp. 54
Degree of structure: observation and artefact analysisp. 57
Specific approaches associated with degree of structurep. 60
Conclusionp. 62
Reflectionsp. 62
Associated readingp. 62
Observationp. 63
Introductionp. 63
Using the FraIMp. 64
Different sensesp. 64
Types of observational researchp. 66
Examples of observational researchp. 68
Advantages and disadvantages of different observer-participant interactionsp. 69
Ethical issuesp. 72
Degree of structurep. 72
Integrating approachesp. 73
Conclusionp. 76
Reflectionsp. 77
Associated readingp. 77
Asking questionsp. 78
Introductionp. 78
Written questionsp. 78
Spoken questionsp. 83
Integration of approaches to asking questionsp. 84
Degree of structurep. 85
Pilot your questionsp. 88
Conclusionp. 89
Reflectionsp. 90
Associated readingp. 90
Analysing artefacts Ip. 91
Introductionp. 91
What is an artefact?p. 92
Characteristics of artefactsp. 93
Example of the four levelsp. 95
What is artefact analysis?p. 97
Less structured approaches: semiotic analysisp. 97
Less structured approaches: discourse analysisp. 101
Conclusionp. 105
Reflectionsp. 105
Associated readingp. 105
Analysing artefacts IIp. 107
Introductionp. 107
A structured approach to artefact analysisp. 107
Artefact analysis and the FraIMp. 109
Inference and abductionp. 112
An example of integrationp. 113
Conclusionp. 117
Reflectionsp. 118
Associated readingp. 118
Data integrationp. 119
Introductionp. 119
Two types of data?p. 119
Levels and types of datap. 121
Illustrative example of data levelsp. 125
Data transformationp. 127
Data enlargementp. 128
Data reductionp. 129
Further issuesp. 131
Conclusionp. 132
Reflectionsp. 132
Associated readingp. 133
Warrantable research: using the FraIM as a guidep. 134
Introductionp. 134
Warrantable research based on argumentp. 136
Warrantable research and the FraIMp. 138
An examplep. 140
Conclusionp. 146
Reflectionsp. 147
Associated readingp. 148
Ethical issues in participant-centred researchp. 149
Introductionp. 149
What is ethics?p. 149
Why researchers need to take ethics into accountp. 151
Ethics and research participantsp. 155
Conclusionp. 159
Reflectionsp. 159
Associated readingp. 159
Wider ethical issues and the FraIMp. 160
Introductionp. 160
The research questionp. 160
Contextp. 161
Methods of data collectionp. 168
Data and data analysisp. 169
Writing and disseminating the research reportp. 170
A guiding frameworkp. 171
Summary of expectected ethicalityp. 171
Conclusionp. 174
Reflectionsp. 175
Associated readingp. 175
Holistic integrationism: philosophising researchp. 176
Introductionp. 176
Paradigmsp. 177
Two realities?p. 178
Polarised paradigmsp. 178
Philosophy is not relevant?p. 179
Paradigmatic reconciliation?p. 180
A more radical possibilityp. 181
An alternative paradigmp. 182
An integrated framework for researchp. 184
Conclusionp. 186
Reflectionsp. 186
Associated readingp. 187
A few final wordsp. 188
An integrated methodologyp. 188
Conceptual considerationsp. 189
So, finally...p. 190
Referencesp. 191
Name indexp. 197
Subject indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9781848601086
ISBN-10: 1848601085
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 20th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 17.0  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39