Is conducting interpretive studies within mixed methods research projects justified? Methinks not

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Abstract

My principal concern in this paper is with matters associated with interpretive studies conducted as part of research projects deemed by their authors to be of a mixed-methods type. The stress throughout is on the importance when conducting an interpretive study as part of a research project where the plan is to also conduct a quantitative study, that researchers should, from the outset, make explicit how their selected research techniques can address their chosen topic. In other words, there is a need to indicate how one’s chosen area of research is connected, first to an underlying research paradigm, then to a specific theoretical position within the paradigm, then to a specific methodology consistent with the paradigm and the theoretical position, and finally to a set of methods for data gathering and analysis consistent with all of this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Learning and Teaching
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2022

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