Qualitative and Mixed Methods

Mixed methods in social inquiry

Greene, J. C. (2007) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Description: Comprehensive overview of mixed methods research. History and philosophy are especially well represented, as well as the important perspective of program evaluation Available at http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787983829,descC...

A framework for the study

Creswell, John W. (1994) In J. W. Creswell, Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, pp. 1-19. Description: Straightforward practical discussion about thinking about and planning qualitative or quantitative research. How to determine which paradigm to work from and the rationale for particular choices.

Advances in mixed methods research

Bergman, M. M (2008) London: Sage Description: Chapters cover several specialized, but important, areas of mixed methods research Available at http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book232050&

Focus Groups

Morgan, David L. (2004) In S. N. Hesse-Biber and P. Leavy (Eds.), Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice, pp. 263-285. New York, NY: Oxford University Press Description: Written a long-time authority on focus group, presents a brief history of focus group application up to, and including, information on the variety of current uses across many disciplines. Great section on the uses of focus groups in combination with other methods with a full compare/contrast discussion.

Photo Interviews: Eliciting Data through Conversations with Children

Cappello, Marva (2005) Field Methods, 17(2): 170-182 Description: Describes the use of photo interviewing as strategy for eliciting information from children who often have preconceived ideas about how to interact with adults and avoid pressures of school setting as interview context.

Why ethnography should be the most important method in the study of human development

Weisner, Thomas S. (1996) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, In Jessor, R., Colby, A., and Shweder, R., (Eds.). Ethnography and human development. Context and meaning in social inquiry, pp. 305-324 Description: Describes the ethnographic method and its many varieties. Illustrates and argues for the value of ethnography and its complementary relations to other methods

Unpackaging cultural effects on classroom learning: Hawaiian peer assistance and child-generated activity

Weisner, T. S., Gallimore, R., & Jordan, C. (1988) Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 19: 327-353 Description: Observational and interview study of sibling caretaking and peer assistance in Native Hawaiian contexts to illustrate the appropriate comparative analysis of natal and school activity settings.

Introduction to mixed method and mixed model studies in the social and behavioral sciences: Paradigm wars and mixed methodologies.

Tashakkori, Abbas & Teddlie, Charles (1998) In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie, Mixed Methodology: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, pp. 20-39. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Description: Encourages a focus on the research question as a guide to deciding on methods to apply in a particular study and comfort in cross the boundaries between pure interpretations of particular paradigmatic characteristics. Describes the nature and limitation of various mono-methods.

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.

Research design issues for mixed method and mixed model studies

Tashakkori, Abbas & Teddlie, Charles (1998) In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie, Mixed Methodology: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, pp. 40-58. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Description: Discusses the concept of triangulation from various perspectives and the variety of approaches to implementing mixed methods research. Builds on Patton’s (1990) discussion of ‘mixed form’ design to a broader model in order to develop a taxonomy for distinguishing various mixed method designs and approaches.

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