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ERIC Number: EJ1017389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Mixed Methods Research: Taking a Broader View
Stewart, Tricia J.; Palermo-Biggs, Michelle
School Business Affairs, v79 n5 p23-25 May 2013
For school districts, the increasing importance of using data for continuous improvement has become part of the educational landscape under accountability. In many ways, educators have become inundated with data but not always in ways that provide them with a full picture to adequately weigh decisions for their specific context. One way to use more information for decision making is to embrace mixed methods research at the local level. Mixed methods research can balance data from the state or federal government by incorporating information from additional sources that are specific to the individual community and district stakeholders, as well as the district's existing programs. This article presents an introduction to mixed methods research to encourage you to begin a conversation in your district about the types of data that might be used to inform your decisions and practices. The authors first provide an overview of each research methodology and an example of the types of data that are already collected in schools that fit with either quantitative or qualitative data. Then, they provide an example of how these types of data can be mixed for greater understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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