Mixed Methods in Social Inquiry

ISBN-10: 0787983829
ISBN-13: 9780787983826
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 236
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

New opportunities are rising for researchers and evaluators to concentrate on ways to combine different, even conflicting, assumptions about the nature of social phenomena and our objectives in better understanding and knowing them. The practical result will be losing the preoccupation with explicit assumptive differences among paradigms, such as objectivity-subjectivity and realism-relativism, and moving toward other characteristics of social inquiry traditions. Such characteristics define these traditions in important ways, but are not logically irreconcilable. Thisbook will help faculty and students perform meaningful research and evaluation by expanding their understanding of mixed method research design, its history, applications, and unique strengths for education, psychology, and sociology.

List of Tables, Figures, and Exhibits
Introduction
The Author
Mental Models and Mixed Methods Inquiry
Group Discussion
Making Sense of These Conversations: The Concept of Mental Models
Mixed Methods Social Inquiry as Mixing Mental Models
An Invitation to Read This Book
Who Is Invited
Adopting a Mixed Methods Way of Thinking
A Mixed Methods Way of Thinking
Looking Ahead
The Historical Roots of the Contemporary Mixed Methods 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 Mixing Methods
But Troubled Waters Remained
Contested Spaces: Paradigms and Practice in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
On the Nature of Philosophical Paradigms for Social Inquiry, and Mental Models, Too
Interlude
On the Relationships of Mental Models (and Paradigms) to Practice
A Reflective Stance
My Mixed Methods Story
Stances on Mixing Paradigms and Mental Models While Mixing Methods
Various Stances on Mixing Paradigms While Mixing Methods-An Overview
Reprise
An Illustration of a Mixed Methods Way of Thinking
Study Purpose
Mixed Methods Research Design
Mixed Methods Analysis
Sample Results
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 Mixed Methods Purposes
Mixed Methods Purposes and Stances on Mixing Paradigms While Mixing Methods
Designing Mixed Methods Studies
Mixing Methods at Different Stages of Social Inquiry: Mixed Methods and Mixed Model Designs
Mixing Methods Within a Single Study or Across Studies in a Program 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 Paradigm Stances and Mixed Methods Purposes
Mixed Methods Purposes and Designs in Action
Overall Mixed Methods Purposes and Design
Mixed Methods Contributions to the MTO Study
Mixed Methods Data Analysis
Thinking About Mixed Methods Data Analysis
Mixed Methods Data Analysis Strategies
Mixed Methods Data Analysis Exemplars
Reprise
Judging the Quality of Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Thinking About Inquiry Criteria in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Inference Quality in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Legitimation as Quality in Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Warranting the Quality of Inferences in Mixed Methods Inquiry
An Illustration
Writing Up and Reporting Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Writing Up Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
Representation in Social Inquiry
Writing Up Mixed Methods Social Inquiry: Two Preliminary Principles
More Creativity in Mixed Methods Data Analysis and Display
The Metaphor
The Example
An Application of the Archipelago Metaphor
The Potential and Promise of Mixed Methods Social Inquiry
References
Index

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