Resources - Epistemology

Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development: New Methods in the Study of Childhood and Family Life

Description: Variety of chapters illustrating the value of qual, quant, and ethnographic methods.

What Good is Polarizing Research into Qualitative and Quantitative?

Description: The authors argue against a polarization between qualitative and quantitative methods and the associated polarization between “subjective” and “objective” evidence.

Pragmatism and The Choice of Research Strategy

Description: Introduces and traces the history of the methodological paradigm wars and brings readers up to the state of affairs (albeit, 1998).

Systematic Field Observation

Description: Discusses the history and types of field observation methods from a sociological perspective.

Toward a Definition of Mixed Methods Research

Description: Examines the definition of the emerging mixed methods research field.

Paradigms Lost and Pragmatism Regained: Methodological Implications of Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

Description: Background on the emergence of mixed method research approaches and suggestions for guiding paradigm shift toward 'pragmatic' approaches in social science research.

Barriers to Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Description: Challenges to integrating mixed methods data and strategy for writing mixed methods research articles.

Mixed Methods Research: A Research Paradigm Whose Time Has Come

Description: Positions mixed methods as natural complement to traditional qual and quant research, to present pragmatism as attractive philosophical for mixed methods research, and provide framework for designing and conducting mixed methods research