This distinctive, nuanced book addresses the more complex theoretical issues embedded in the qualitative research paradigm. Adopting a reflective stance that emphasises the role of the researcher it carefully avoids a standardised ‘tick box’ approach to methods. Throughout each chapter, theory is powerfully and persuasively interwoven as its impact on practical topics such as data management and safety in the field is discussed. O’Reilly and Kiyimba bring an authority and clarity to the debate, taking us beyond the mechanical notions of qualitative methods and standardised approaches to research. Instead, they focus on subjects like methodological integrity, perspective driven data collection and theoretically-led analysis. This will be an important resource for anyone looking to practically engage with advanced qualitative research methods.

Research design and mixing qualitative methods

Introduction

In this chapter we present a focused overview of the different strands of theoretical debates within the arena of ‘mixed methods’. We advance discussion in this area from more familiar arguments concerning inter-paradigm (qualitative–quantitative) conflicts to explore the nuances of intra-paradigm (qualitative-qualitative) challenges. The chapter opens with a critical discussion of the traditional mixed methods debate (quantitative/qualitative). This incorporates an overview of the key elements of what is understood by the notion of a paradigm (see also Chapter 1). This is necessary to set the scene for the second part of the chapter, which contextualises and explicates the historical development of the metaphysical arguments relating to paradigm purity and superiority. We move on to detail the phases of ...

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