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ERIC Number: EJ1251854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1052-4800
Developing Metadiscursive Thinking about Research Methods through a Mixed-Methods Research Project
Rigsby, Ellen M.; Imamura, Makiko
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, v31 n1 p85-107 2020
This study provides an overview of the shifting epistemological terrain regarding methodological approaches to the research process in the field of communication and discusses how a mixed-methods design could improve methods comprehension in undergraduate education. The authors describe how they incorporated a mixed-methods project into the curriculum and discuss the student experience of learning qualitative and quantitative methods through the mixed-methods project as evidenced by surveys and reflective writing assignments. Specifically, the project reorients students' thinking from qualitative and quantitative methods as separate paradigms. Instead, it fosters a metadiscursive perspective on methods in which research designs and questions are in conversation with each other (Creswell, 2011). The project is structured using the Dimensions of Research in Undergraduate Learning framework (DRUL; Healey & Jenkins, 2009; Ozay, 2012) to foster this conversation by creating an explicit path for the transfer of knowledge between specific methods.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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