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    DAVID SILVERMAN: This video is about using mixed methods.Firstly, I want to consider whether you shoulduse mixed methods at all.And then secondly, if you do adopta mixed-method methodology, what is the meaningof triangulation within it?A mixed-methods design is very popular in research.

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    DAVID SILVERMAN [continued]: Why do I suggest students hesitate before adopting it?Well, remember my maxim, try to say a lot about a little,rather than a little about a lot.Having different collections of datacan over-complicate your data analysis.Triangulating data or methods is complicated.

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    DAVID SILVERMAN [continued]: So let me move on to that issue of triangulation.Triangulation is recommended by many authoritiesas a way of increasing the validity of findings.Yet, I criticize it.Now, you might say, if I'm not going to triangulate,how can my results be credible?I want to suggest that triangulationis a positivistic technique, because it assumesthat we can accumulate findings derived from different researchinstruments.

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    DAVID SILVERMAN [continued]: For constructionists, what we learn from, say,an interview should not be compared to whatwe learn from observation.In each research setting, the worldwill be constructed differently.Nonetheless, research can still becredible by using other techniques,such as the constant comparative method and deviant caseanalysis.

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    DAVID SILVERMAN [continued]: So we don't need to triangulate, withits positivistic assumptions.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Video Info

Series Name: Interpreting Qualitative Data

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Publication Year: 2020

Video Type:Tutorial

Methods: Mixed methods, Research design, Triangulation

Keywords: positivism; triangulation

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Segment Num.: 1

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David Silverman explains the positivistic assumptions of triangulation.

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Confused? Mixed Methods (Sixth Edition)

David Silverman explains the positivistic assumptions of triangulation.

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