Mixed Methods Research in Development Studies

The course introduces students to the meaning of mixed methods (MM) research, the philosophical underpinnings of MM research, various MM designs, sampling and data collection in MM research, and data analysis and interpretations in MM research.

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 1 June 2020 — University of Helsinki

Course dates

1 June 2020 – 27 July 2020

Registration period

30 April 2020 – 5 June 2020

Coordinating university

University of Helsinki

Instructors

Gutu Olana Wayessa

Credits

5 ECTS

Course dates: 01.06.2020-27.07.2020
Registration dates: 30.04.2020 - 05.06.2020
Coordinating university: University of Helsinki
Responsible teacher: Gutu Olana Wayessa,
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course summary

The course introduces students to the meaning of mixed methods (MM) research, the philosophical underpinnings of MM research, various MM designs, sampling and data collection in MM research, and data analysis and interpretations in MM research.

The aim of the course is to equip students with a third methodological approach, building on the mainstream approaches - quantitative and qualitative methods. The course aims at enabling students to become familiar with the issues at stake in making methodological choices for their own research.

Learning outcomes

Students will be familiarized with key issues that should be taken into account when making an informed methodological choice in their own research. At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Understand the meaning of mixed-methods research.
  • Outline arguments for and against the use of mixed methods.
  • Explore the complementarities between qualitative and quantitative methods in development research.
  • Identify alternative mixed-methods designs for data collection and analysis.
  • Understand the main elements of data collection and analysis in mixed-methods research.
  • Evaluate studies based on mixed-methods approach.

Learning methods

  • Self-study of assigned reading materials
  • Online discussion among students, based on assigned reading materials as guided by the course coordinator
  • Web-based learning methods, including online lecture notes, recorded video lectures, and individual and group exercises

Study materials

  • Creswell, J. W. and V. L. P. Clark. 2011. Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. Second edition. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.
  • Kanbur, R. and P. Shaffer. 2007. Epistemology, Normative Theory and Poverty Analysis Implications for Q-squared in Practice. World Development 35(2):183-196.
  • Plano Clark, V. L. and J. W. Creswell. (editors). 2008. The Mixed Methods Reader. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.
  • Small, M. L. 2011. How to Conduct a Mixed Methods Study: Recent Trends in a Rapidly Growing Literature. Annual Review of Sociology 37:57–86.
  • Teddlie, C. and A. Tashakkori. 2009. Foundations of Mixed Methods Research: Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.
  • Wayessa, G. O. and A. Nygren. 2016. Whose decisions, whose livelihoods? Resettlement and environmental justice in Ethiopia. Society & Natural Resources 29 (4): 387-402.

In addition to these references, there will be reading materials for some of the topics.

Assessment

  • Participation in online discussion among students (30%)
  • Group and/or individual assignments (40%)
  • Written exam (30%)

Additional information

The maximum number of students is 25.

The course is intended for advanced Bachelor's and beginning Master's students. Students are expected to know the basic differences between qualitative and quantitative methods.

Photo credit: USAID Ethiopia, 2010, on Flickr.

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