How we understand and define qualitative data is changing, with implications not only for the techniques of data analysis, but also how data are collected. New devices, technologies and online spaces open up new ways for researchers to approach and collect images, moving images, text and talk. The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Data Collection systematically explores the approaches, techniques, debates and new frontiers for creating, collecting and producing qualitative data. Bringing together contributions from internationally leading scholars in the field, the handbook offers a state-of-the-art look at key themes across six thematic parts: Part I Charting the Routes Part II Concepts, Contexts, Basics Part III Types of Data and How to Collect Them Part IV Digital and Internet Data Part V Triangulation and Mixed Methods Part VI Collecting Data in Specific Populations

Toward an Understanding of a Qualitatively Driven Mixed Methods Data Collection and Analysis: Moving Toward a Theoretically Centered Mixed Methods Praxis

Toward an Understanding of a Qualitatively Driven Mixed Methods Data Collection and Analysis: Moving Toward a Theoretically Centered Mixed Methods Praxis

Sharlene Hesse-Biber

Introduction: Mixed Methods Inquiry in Search of a Theory

The current history of mixed methods has witnessed the weak role that theory has played in research inquiry, leading some mixed methods researchers to make special note of the ‘methods-centric approach’ that often characterizes many mixed methods studies, whereby theoretical perspectives are often delinked from mixed methods research design phases, such that research design takes precedence over theoretical framing of the research issue. Hesse-Biber (2012) refers to this phenomenon as the ‘thing-ness’ problem in mixed methods inquiry whereby mixed methods often begins with the selection of a research design. ...

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