ERIC Number: EJ1183557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Mixed Methods Papers in First-Person and Third-Person: Writing Voices in Dialogue
Zhou, Xiaodi; Hall, Jori N.
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v12 n3 p344-357 Jul 2018
While writing from a qualitative tradition often occurs in first person and from a quantitative tradition often occurs in third person, the pros and cons of voice in mixed methods research needs consideration. This article argues for more inclusion of the first-person in such writing, particularly as evidence for the researcher's claims, as a way to triangulate and corroborate perspectives from a Bakhtinian dialogic theoretical framework. This article presents a discussion of the first- and third-person styles in academic writing and the effect of each on the reader. Additionally, there are dialectic and complementary justifications for such use of different perspectives within a mixed methods piece, as each style dialogues with the other, compensating for the other's shortfalls. Such a style of writing is imperative because it brings both distance and familiarity, presenting a more complete understanding of the mixed methods research and the phenomenon investigated.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Writing (Composition), Form Classes (Languages), Academic Discourse, Literary Styles
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