To create opportunities for acquiring theoretical knowledge about various mixed methods research designs (MMRD) and to support developing ones ability to apply as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of the use of different research approaches which combine elements of qualitative and quantitative traditions.
Brief description of the course
The course starts with providing a holistic framework for understanding the design of any piece of empirical research (including qualitative, quantitative and combined) and proceeds with more practical issues of mixed methods research as introducing various types of mixed methods designs and exploring the possibilities of using different sampling techniques and methods for data collection and analysis in the context of mixed methods research.
The course will consist of lectures, seminars and home assignments. For facilitating discussions in the seminars participants will be expected to read selected texts about methodological issues, analyse critically mixed methods studies focussing on the use of research methods and do some practical exercises related to the preparation of some research instrument or technique.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the discourse and crucial issues related to the mixed methods research,
- recognises and can comparatively differentiate between various purposes for using MMRD;
- can set up purposes and research questions for MMR;
- can choose/compose well suited MMRD on the basis of research purposes and needs;
- knows what are the main quality criteria for academic research (incl MMR) and can evaluate the quality of a given studyor research design according to these criteria;
- understands the nodus of writing up a mixed methods study and can avoid typical problems present in mixed methods articles and theses.
Participation is not compulsory, but strongly recommended. There will be additional home assignments to compensate missed seminars.
Home assignments for those who miss seminars will be graded as passed or failed.