Another month, another focus!
Mixed and multimethods research are our focus for May. Through original posts, written and video author interviews, open access articles and resources, and a webinar, we will explore ways to mix it up. We’ll look at mixed methods approaches for integrating qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing data. We’ll also look at multimethods approaches for mixing methods from the same paradigm, for example, using more than one quantitative method in the same study, or multiple qualitative methods in the same study. This tag will take you to the series as it unfolds.
Our Mentor-in-Residence, Michael Fetters, will help us understand the potential and practice of mixed methods. Dr. Fetters is the author of The Mixed Methods Research Workbook, and the editor of the SAGE Journal of Mixed Methods Research, an interdisciplinary, international publication. Mike will be joined by Dr. Tashane Haynes-Brown for a MethodSpace Live webinar. Dr. Haynes-Brown is the President, of the Mixed Methods International Research Association-Caribbean Chapter (MMIRA-CC). Mike and Tashane will demonstrate and discuss Joint Display Analysis.
From Interdisciplinary Research to Mixed and Multimethod Research
Mixed and multimethod research segues organically from the April focus on interdisciplinary research. When we look at a problem through different methodological lenses, it is possible that we will also need to look at it through different disciplinary lenses. In the introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Multimethod and Mixed Methods Research Inquiry editor Sharlene Hesse-Biber explained the connection:
Mixed methods research projects…seek to forge a diffuse and open set of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research relationship structures… The fields of multimethods and mixed methods research hold a prominent place in the de-disiplining process given their potential to provide the flexibility to tackle complex analytical and interpretive issues that arise when bringing diverse ways of thinking and different types of data to bear in seeking answers to multifaceted questions.
(Hesse-Biber, 2015, p. xxxiv)
Today, in the midst of a global pandemic, we have incredibly complex issues and multifaceted questions! It is difficult to think of a current problem or phenomemon that can be adequately studied from one perspective, with one type of data. We’re living through a situation where it is painfully evident that economics and business, labor and employment, social policy, environmental change, education, arts and culture, and of course health care, are inextricably linked. Looking at one angle without taking a fuller picture will be inadequate, to say the least. So while we determined the MethodSpace editorial calendar long before the current crisis emerged, the combined focus on interdisciplinary and mixed methods could not be more timely.
More on Research Disruption, Online Methods, and Instruction
In addition to the posts about mixed and multimethods research, MethodSpace will continue to offer resources to help you survive and thrive. We’ll keep offering guidance and examples for researchers who are trying to design (or re-design) studies , as well as for research faculty and students about teaching and learning online. If you have questions or are looking for ideas and literature to help you get through this upheaval, post them in the comment area.
Relevant MethodSpace Posts
- Grounded Theory
- Choosing a Methodology
- Case Study Methodology
- Research Questions: Inside/Out
- Design Tool: The SRM Research Project Planner
Hesse-Biber, S. (2015). Navigating a turbulent research landscape: Working the boundaries, tensions, diversity, and contradictions of multimethod and mixed methods inquiry. In S. Hesse-Biber & B. Johnson (Eds.), Oxford handbook of mixed and multimethod research. Oxford: Oxford Press.