Qualitative methods within mixed-methods research design in educational research

28th February 2019 : 12:45 - 14:00

Category: Seminar

Research Group: Qualitative Methods Hub

Speaker: Dr Roland Bernhard (University of Salzburg)

Location: Seminar B, Department of Education

Convener: Victoria Elliott

The question of the “correct method” for investigating the empirical world has sparked controversy in the social and educational sciences from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.

Around the term “mixed-method research”, a movement began to emerge in the second half of the 1990s where the so called “paradigm wars” were increasingly overcome by researchers who adopted pragmatic strategies to combine qualitative and quantitative methods in research practice. Meanwhile the approach has gained international reputation and acceptance in the social and educational sciences. Mixed Methods has been identified as a means to get deeper and broader insights and to validate findings in research projects.

Drawing on ongoing research projects, in this talk the value of combining qualitative and quantitative methods in the study of social phenomena in education will be reflected upon. Special emphasis will be given to the role of qualitative methodology within mixed methods studies.


About the Department of Education

In 2019, the University of Oxford’s Department of Education celebrates the 100th year since the passing of a statute creating what was known in 1919 as the University Department for the Training of Teachers. To celebrate our centenary a year-long series of activities will be delivered to address some of the department’s top initiatives for 2019, answer some of the big questions facing education today and to reveal the advancements the department has made to the study of and research in the field of education. Join us as we mark our 100th year and discover more about our anniversary here.

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