From Mixing methods to the logic(s) of inquiry: taking a fresh look at developing mixed design studies


Objective: This invited paper offers an innovative framework for mixed methods research design. Method: We propose the adoption of the Model of Disciplined Inquiry, a five-component model that focuses on the research question(s) rather than the type(s) of data collected. This pluralist model firmly anchors the research design and paradigm assumptions in the research question(s). Decisions about an appropriate research strategy are made in line with those assumptions. We propose three logics of inquiry to help articulate the processes involved in making sense of findings and their relationship to theory. Results: The Model of Disciplined Inquiry is demonstrated by applying it to the framework to a longitudinal study and describe our decision-making processes at each component stage. The results support the arguement in favour of shifting the focus away from the types of data generated (i.e. qualitative or quantitative) and relatedly a move away from mixed methods research to mixed design research. Conclusion: We conclude the paper with some challenges experienced in the example study and some challenges yet to be resolved.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Languages & Social Sciences > Sociology and Policy
Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2018
Published Online Date: 2018-09-06
Accepted Date: 2018-08-18
Authors: Shaw, Rachel L. ( 0000-0002-0438-7666)
Hiles, David R.
West, Karen ( 0000-0002-9071-8002)
Holland, Carol
Gwyther, Holly ( 0000-0002-2867-4184)



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License: Creative Commons Attribution

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