Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Research

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<ul><li> 1. ACS 301 November 27, 2008 Mixing qualitative and quantitative</li></ul> <p> 2. The case against mixing qual and quant Methods have fixed epistemological assumptions. You can change them. Yes, I agree. Though I would say that qual and quant have conflicting paradigms. Embedded methods argument Paradigm argument 3. The case against mixing qual and quantis weak Methods have fixed epistemological assumptions. You can change them. Yes, I agree. Though I would say that qual and quant have conflicting paradigms. Embedded methods argument Paradigm argument </p> <ul><li>Epistemological stances aretendencies , not perfect determining factors </li></ul> <ul><li>There is notechnicalreason why they cant be combined </li></ul> <p> 4. Mixing: an example The aim was to study managers in companies that represented the broad new capitalism experience. We collected two forms of dataA questionnaire[and] We also conducted interviews. Source:Wajcman, Judy and Bill Martin. 2002. "Narratives of identity in modern management: the corrosion of gender differences?"Sociology36:985-1002. 5. 3 strategies for mixing qual and quant </p> <ul><li>Triangulation </li></ul> <ul><li>Facilitation </li></ul> <ul><li>Complementarity </li></ul> <p> 6. Triangulation I want to corroborate what I found with a quantitative survey. Well you can do some interviews and see if the main trends are the same. 7. Facilitation I use qual methods to assist in my quant research. And I use quant methods to help in my qual research! 8. Types of facilitation </p> <ul><li>Generating hypotheses </li></ul> <ul><li>Aiding measurement </li></ul> <p>Qualitative helping quantitative Quantitative helping qualitative</p> <ul><li>Identifying participants </li></ul> <ul><li>Identifying different types of participants </li></ul> <p> 9. Complementarity You really cant do everything with a single method Thats true. Sometimes I need to use other methods to answer the entire question. Often, however, people mistake this for more is better. 10. Types of complementarity 11. Mixing: the quant findings Fundamentally, the basic career experiencesor men and women hardly differ. Source:Wajcman, Judy and Bill Martin. 2002. "Narratives of identity in modern management: the corrosion of gender differences?"Sociology36:985-1002. 12. Mixing: the qual findings Women were much more concerned with the boundaries Women do not necessarily ground their private identities in their workplace ones Source:Wajcman, Judy and Bill Martin. 2002. "Narratives of identity in modern management: the corrosion of gender differences?"Sociology36:985-1002. 13. Mixed: The Overall Findings </p> <ul><li>There weresome differencesbetween men and women quantitatively</li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Discrimination experiences </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>Pay gap </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>But they were often quantitatively the same </li></ul> <ul><li>They werevastly differentqualitatively</li></ul> <p> 14. What to remember </p> <ul><li>Dont mix for the sake of more is better </li></ul> <ul><li>Mixing adds to time, scope and budget </li></ul> <ul><li>Consider mixing in multiple phases, not a single research project </li></ul>

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