DMA 811S: Mixed Research Methods 3 CREDITS

Mixed Research Method focuses on the design and implementation of research that blends qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. A key issue in the course is the debate about the ways to integrate qualitative and quantitative data.

Course Objectives:

Students should be able to:

  • Identify the distinguishing features of major mixed method research designs .
  • Produce visual information to enhance impactful communication of research findings
  • Become conversant with a variety of ways that qualitative and quantitative data and analytical procedures can be mixed.

Course Content

The course would provide an overview of mixed methods research, consisting of the history and philosophy of mixed methods, emerging literature within the field, purposes and characteristics of mixed methods research, types of research problems typically addressed, the specification of mixed methods purpose statements and research questions and types of major mixed methods designs. A large emphasis of this course we will focus on the “why” rather than the “how”, although we will discuss mixed methods designs and how they are used in social science research.

Main Text

  • Creamer, E. G. (2017). An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Method Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Suggested Reading List

  • Cooper, K. (2014). Eliciting engagement in the high school classroom: A mixed methods examination of teaching practices, American Educational Research Journal, 51 (2), 363-402.
  • 3. Durksen, T. L., & Klassen, R. M. (2012). Pre-service teachers' weekly commitment and engagement during a final training placement: A longitudinal mixed methods study. Educational and Child Psychology, 29 (4), 32-46.
  • 4. Elliott, J., Gale, C. R., Parsons, S., Kuh, D., & The HALCyon Study. (2014). Neighborhood cohesion and mental wellbeing among older adults: A mixed methods approach. Social Science & Medicine, 107, 44-51.