Pragmatism and the choice of research strategy

Tashakkori, Abbas & Teddlie, Charles (1998) In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie, Mixed Methodology: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, pp. 3-19. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Description: Introduces and traces the history of the methodological paradigm wars and brings readers up to the state of affairs (albeit, 1998). Discuss the ‘warring’ positions and the evolution of thinking regarding pragmatism and the development of mixed methods approaches to social science research.

Paradigms lost and pragmatism regained: Methodological implications of combining qualitative and quantitative methods

Morgan, D. L. (2007) Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(1): 48-76 Description: Background on the emergence of mixed method research approaches and suggestions for guiding paradigm shift toward 'pragmatic' approaches in social science research

Systematic field observation

McCall, George J. (1984) Annual Review of Sociology, 10: 263-282 Description: Discusses the history and types of field observation methods from a sociological perspective. Offers a role-expectations view of observation systems requiring a reconceptualization of system development and the nature, sources, and management of error.

Mixed methods research: A research paradign whose time has come

Johnson, R. B., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2004) Educational Researcher, 33(7): 14-26 Description: Positions mixed methods as natural complement to traditional qual and quant research, to present pragmatism as attractive philosophical for mixed methods research, and provide framework for designing and conducting mixed methods research

Toward a definition of mixed methods research

Johnson, R. Burke, Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J., & Turner, Lisa A. (2007) Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(2), 112-133 Description: Examines the definition of the emerging mixed methods research field. Surveyed major authors in the mixed method literature with regard to definition for the field and key issues that need to be addressed as the field advances. Results show a consensus of mixed methods as an emerging ‘research paradigm’ and a breadth of opinion around definition for the field.

What good is polarizing research into qualitative and quantitative?

Ercikan, Kadriye & Roth, Wolff-Michael (2006) Educational Researcher, 352(5), 12-23 Description: The authors argue against a polarization between qualitative and quantitative methods and the associated polarization between “subjective” and “objective” evidence. In doing so, they encourage an understanding of the meaninglessness of such a distinction and the value of taking a more integrated approach. Finally, they map a more “continuous” perspective to addressing the needs of a particular research question and the study design and methodological decisions that follow.

Bryman, A. (2007)

Barriers to integrating quantitative and qualitative research
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(1): 8-22
Description: Challenges to integrating mixed methods data and strategy for writing mixed methods research articles

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