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Using Mixed Methods: Frameworks for an Integrated Methodology

by David Plowright SAGE Publications Ltd
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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 on 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 Observing Asking questions Analysing artefacts I Analysing 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 Writing a research proposal based on the FraIM A few final words

'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
Dr. David Plowright is currently a lecturer in the Centre for Educational Studies at the University of Hull. His research interests are focused on educational leadership and management and he is currently undertaking research into school improvement in South Africa.