This weeks exploration is more interactive than previous posts as I have been exploring the range of methods videos available on You Tube and, at the moment, those focused on mixed methods research. So I thought I would share some of them.
I have provided a range of options for you to dip into from an introduction to mixed methods, for those with an interest in understanding what it is, through to a critique of mixed methods and an alternative approach for those with more experience of using mixed methods wanting to gain a more detailed critical insight into the topic.
Would you like an example of a mixed methods study?
This short YouTube video (11 minutes) provides an insight into what is meant by a mixed methods study. It is presented by Dr Debra Rose Wilson from Walden University in the USA and is focused on a study exploring the impact of a stress management programme for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
During the video the context and rational for the study is given, the rationale for using mixed methods provided, the methods and design of the study described briefly and the results and implications presented.
Would you like a little more information?
If you want to explore further check out this introductory video (15 minutes) from Dr John Creswell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. John Creswell is one of the leading exponents of mixed methods research and has published a number of mixed methods textbooks. In this presentation he starts off by exploring how different forms of data are used in everyday contexts before moving on to examine four key issues
- Collecting and analysing data
- Using rigorous methods
- Combining and integrating qualitative and quantitative methods in study design
- Framing mixed methods design within a broader context.
Would you like to explore further?
A few weeks ago I flagged up the National Centre for Research Methods and one of their eprint publications is Mixed Methods research: a discussion paper by Julian Brannen. The discussion paper provides more detailed information for those interested in learning more about mixed methods and aims to:
- explain what mixed methods research is
- explore why it became popular and associated opportunities and risks
- provide a rationale for its use
- explain and clarify how it is used in different stages of the research process.
Do you want to dive even deeper?
This video (58 minutes) may by more for the researchers and lecturers amongst you. The “Thing-ness” Problem of Mixed Methods Research by Professor Sharlene Hesse-Bober was recorded at the 2014 ESRC Research Methods Festival.
It starts by providing a critique of mixed methods which challenges the basis of this approach and exploring the potential of mixed methods to constrain researchers. Prof. Hesse-Biber then goes on to explore what she describes as Loosely Bound Concepts and locates this within a multiple methods approach. There are some interesting challenges to thinking on mixed methods in this presentation which will be of interest if you are thinking of using mixed methods or preparing to defend a mixed methods study in a viva.
Last weeks exploration focused on the Morgan Centre Toolkits and the final resource is a paper written by Jennifer Mason from the Morgan Centre on a new approach she is developing called Facet Methodology. Jennifer Mason is a Professor in Sociology at the Morgan Centre and has written several key texts on qualitative research. In this paper she provides an overview of facet methodology which she describes as:
In facet methodology, the gemstone is the overall research question or problematic, and facets are conceived as different methodological-substantive planes and surfaces, which are designed to be capable of casting and refracting light in a variety of ways that help to define the overall object of concern by creating flashes of insight. Facets involve different lines of enquiry, and different ways of seeing.
I have been amazed by the wealth of resources available on You Tube and so every so often will include a few which may be of interest.
As ever if you have found any resources which you think will be of interest to others why not share them via the comments section? It would be brilliant to hear from some of you