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ERIC Number: EJ821601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1558-6898
Communities of Practice: A Research Paradigm for the Mixed Methods Approach
Denscombe, Martyn
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v2 n3 p270-283 2008
The mixed methods approach has emerged as a "third paradigm" for social research. It has developed a platform of ideas and practices that are credible and distinctive and that mark the approach out as a viable alternative to quantitative and qualitative paradigms. However, there are also a number of variations and inconsistencies within the mixed methods approach that should not be ignored. This article argues the need for a vision of research paradigm that accommodates such variations and inconsistencies. It is argued that the use of "communities of practice" as the basis for such a research paradigm is (a) consistent with the pragmatist underpinnings of the mixed methods approach, (b) accommodates a level of diversity, and (c) has good potential for understanding the methodological choices made by those conducting mixed methods research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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