Mixed Methods Research for Improved Scientific Study

Mixed Methods Research for Improved Scientific Study

Mette L. Baran (Cardinal Stritch University, USA) and Janice E. Jones (Cardinal Stritch University, USA)
Release Date: March, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 335
ISBN13: 9781522500070|ISBN10: 1522500073|EISBN13: 9781522500087|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0007-0

Description

The clear division between quantitative and qualitative research methods becomes problematic when students begin conducting extensive research for the first time, often as part of a master’s thesis or dissertation. In order to handle such complexities in the selection of research methods, a Mixed Methods Research (MMR) approach is one proposed solution.

Mixed Methods Research for Improved Scientific Study seeks to demonstrate how mixed methods research designs can address a wide array of scientific questions across disciplines. Focusing on essential concepts and methods for a hybrid approach to quantitative and qualitative research methods for real-world implementation, this publication is ideally designed for students and researchers interested in refining their research skills as well as educators seeking to integrate research methods coursework into the graduate curriculum.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Data Collection
  • Graduate Research
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Research Design
  • Research Methods
  • Sampling in Research

Reviews and Testimonials

The work is not meant to delve into the mechanics of statistical calculations, and hence mathematical formulas are sparse. Its objective is to provide an overview of possible approaches of using MMR for one’s study. Readers would find it useful to use this work as a supplement to other statistical works that delve more deeply into statistical theory. Recommended for those working on seminal works that require statistical analysis

– Muhammed Hassanali, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Mette L. Baran completed her Ed.D. in Administrative Leadership and Supervision from DePaul University. She obtained an M.B.A. in International Business And a baccalaureate degree in Marketing from DePaul University. Mette is a tenured assistant professor in the School of Leadership-Doctoral Studies Department within the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University and teaches leadership, learning, higher Education, and research courses. Her background includes being a faculty member and senior executive at Robert Morris University in Chicago including the positions as campus director, director of education, and director of development. She is an international consultant preparing U.S. professional for their overseas assignments. Dr. Baran’s research interests and expertise include looping, student attitudes and achievement, charter schools, middle school education, higher education administration and access, international family policy, and peace study. She has authored the book, The Impact of Looping in Middle School. She is a member of the Board of Trustees to Robert Morris University. In addition, she is a Board member of several not-for-profit organizations.
Janice E. Jones received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Mt. Senario College. Janice is a tenured associate professor in the School of Leadership-Doctoral Studies Department within the College of Education and Leadership at Cardinal Stritch University. Janice teaches in the Doctoral Leadership Studies Department in both leadership and higher education courses in addition to the Master’s In Educational leadership programs at Cardinal Stritch University. Janice has worked as a consultant for the Department of Public Instruction for the state of Wisconsin and has provided workshops, trainings and professional staff development for a wide variety of K-12 schools throughout the state. Janice has also worked on a number of grants for both the private and public sector. Janice’s areas of expertise and research interests overlap and include issues around early childcare, students with disabilities, vocational development across the lifespan and work/family conflict. Janice has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally at research conferences. Having a strong commitment to improve the lives of children, Janice is a member of the Executive Board of Kids Matter, Inc. which is working to improve the lives of foster children in Milwaukee County.