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Looking for a practical guide to using mixed methodologies? Authors Abbas Tashakkori and Charles Teddlie explore the most resourceful way to combine qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Beginning with a discussion of the paradigm wars between positivism and constructivism, Mixed Methodology explains the differences between using mixed methods in only the research methodology portion of a study versus using mixed model studies across all phases of the research process, and then presents a typology of mixed methods and mixed model studies. The authors next examine sampling issues, reliability and validity questions, data collection procedures (including self-report techniques, questionnaires, observational methods, interaction analysis, and archival data/cultural artifacts), and data analysis techniques. Tashakkori and Teddlie conclude with detailed examples of current published and unpublished research that utilize mixed approaches. Researchers wanting to learn how to think about and utilize mixed methods in their studies will find this an indispensable guide for their work.
PART ONE: PARADIGMS AND POLITICS OF RESEARCH Introduction to Mixed Methods and Mixed Model Studies in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Pragmatism and the Choice of Research Strategy Research Design Issues for Mixed Method and Mixed Model Studies PART TWO: METHODS AND STRATEGIES OF RESEARCH Sampling, Measurement, and Quality of Inferences Data Collection Strategies and Research Procedures Alternatives to Traditional Data Analytic Strategies PART THREE: APPLICATIONS, EXAMPLES AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF MIXED MODEL RESEARCH Examples of Mixed Model Designs Extended Examples of Mixed Model Designs Conclusions and Future Directions
Abbas Tashakkori (Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill) is the Chairperson of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas, USA). Previously, has has been a Professor of Research and Evaluation Methodology at Florida International University (Miami, Florida, USA). He has been a post-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a visiting scholar at Texas A&M University. He has extensive experience as a program evaluator, and he has taught research methods for more than two decades in undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of North Carolina, Shiraz University, Stetson University, Louisiana State University, and Florida International University. In addition to research methodology, his published work covers a wide spectrum of research and program evaluation in cross-cultural and multi-cultural contexts, including self-perceptions, attitudes, and gender/ethnicity. Charles Teddlie (Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is the Jo Ellen Levy Yates Distinguished Professor of Education at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has also taught at the University of New Orleans and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.). He has also served as Assistant Superintendent for Research and Development at the Louisiana Department of Education. His major writing interests are social science research methodology and school effectiveness research. Professor Teddlie has taught research methods courses for over twenty years, including statistics and qualitative research methods. He has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award from the LSU College of Education. Professor Teddlie has lectured on school effectiveness research and educational research methodology in several countries including the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Russia, the Ukraine, and Belarus.
"This is an extremely useful book for its intended audience of researchers and graduate students in the social sciences. It addresses the framework issues of philosophy and politics of research, the methods that one might use, and the applications of different kinds of methodologies. The book is balanced, informative, and clearly written..." -- Grant Gillett