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ERIC Number: EJ1237116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1558-6898
The Craft Attitude: Navigating Mess in Mixed Methods Research
Sanscartier, Matthew D.
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v14 n1 p47-62 Jan 2020
Acknowledging and navigating "mess" are clear priorities in the mixed methods literature. Mess enters the mixed methods process in two interrelated ways. The first is empirically, where quantitative and qualitative findings diverge or contrast rather than cohere; the second is through design, where research contexts demand unplanned adaptation. This article outlines three practices that help mixed methods researchers recognize and navigate both kinds of mess, collectively called the "craft attitude." The craft attitude consists of comfort with uncertainty, a nonlinear/recursive approach to research, and understanding research as storytelling. I further argue these components can orient researchers to mess in both structured and flexible ways by fostering three intellectual activities: science, craft/art, and ethical value judgment. This article contributes to the field of mixed methods by offering a practice-oriented concept facilitating the collective acknowledgement and engagement of mess, rather than concealing it in our research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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