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Using Mixed Methods

Using Mixed Methods
Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology

December 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Using Mixed Methods argues for research from a holistic perspective, integrating different methods, different data and overall research strategies. It provides innovative and ground-breaking in their implications for undertaking social and educational research. The author offers ways of justifying undertaking integrated approaches and offers an underlying rationale for the practices of social and educational research.

The author aims to help readers understand how to approach research using an integrated methodology, based on a pragmatic philosophy underpinned by an empirical epistemology. It provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of how to use an integrated methodology that meets the needs of the post-graduate researcher who wants to challenge the traditional paradigmatic view of research.

The book explores:

  • The traditional epistemological positions associated with different research approaches
  • Framework for an integrated methodology
  • Main explanations and justification for carrying out research using the FraIM
  • Ethical approach to research

Written in an easily accessible style, this book is for postgraduate students in education and social science courses.

From Mixed Methods to an Integrated Methodology
The FraIM: Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology
Case Selection: Data Source Management
Case Selection: Integrated Sampling
Data Collection: An Overview
Asking Questions
Analyzing Artefacts I
Analyzing Artefacts II
Data Integration
Warrantable Research: Using the FraIM as a Guide
Ethical Issues in Participant-Centred Research
Wider Ethical Issues and the FraIM
Holistic Integrationism: Philosophizing Research
A Few Final Words

This is a clear guide for students undertaking dissertation.

Ms Dianne Hancock
School of Live Arts, Doncaster University Centre
April 10, 2014

I recommended adoption to the course monitor, but they did not adopt. I recommend this text to my students though. Thank you.

Dr Thomas Dilbert
Aviation Business Administration, Embry-Riddle Aero Univ - Worldwide
February 4, 2014

Useful in supporting students to think outside the box and not adopt a singular approach to research

Mrs Michelle Rogers
Centre for Early Childhood, University of Worcester
November 29, 2013

Well-written book.Concise and well-presented

Dr Spyros Themelis
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
October 21, 2013

I like the rigour which is brought to bear on mixed methods as an approach but also appreciated the flexibility and recognition of real world applications which are essential for professional learners.

Dr Rebecca ORourke
Education , Leeds University
September 10, 2013

The book will be recommended for the new cohort of students since it provides some helpful tips as to how to link various methods in their studies.

Dr Maria Pampaka
Social Science , University of Manchester
June 27, 2013

Using mixed methods frameworks for an integrated methodology is aimed primarily at those who seek to undertake small-scale social and educational research projects. The book contains 15 concisely written chapters in an accessible language for undergraduate and postgraduate students to easily understand and the end section of the book contains a useful name index and subject index.
The text introduces the reader to the concept of the FraIM approach which rejects the traditional dichotomy between qualitative and quantitative methods. Instead the text argues that researchers can implement mixed research methods through the use of frameworks to help structure and bring together integrated elements from both qualitative and quantitative methods of the research process, as well as addressing wider ethical issues with implementing the FraIM as an approach to gathering and analysing data. This book is recommended for anyone who is undertaking a mixed methods approach to research and seek a framework to situate their research within.

Mr Gary McKenna
School of Computing, University of the West of Scotland
February 28, 2013

More suitable for postgraduate research degrees than the PGCE. A useful reference book in the library for the latter.

Ms Helen Thomas
Secondary & Post-Compulsory Education, Birmingham City University
February 28, 2013

Interesting approach and makes a convincing case for using mixed methods

Mr Andrew Holmes
Centre for Life-Long Learning, Hull University
February 13, 2013

Very good textbook for those who want to adopt a Mixed approach. I learned so much as a novice researcher.

Mr Muhammad Fuad
Economic Faculty, Universitas Samudra Langsa
October 31, 2012

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