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Morning Workshops 8:50 - 12:00

1. Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to introduce researchers to mixed methods research (MMR). We will discuss the major types of MMR, definitions of MMR, purposes, objectives, and rationales for conducting an MMR study, analyzing the data, and writing MMR research questions and reports. Frameworks and heuristics for selecting/constructing a mixed sampling design, developing an MMR research design that fits the research questions, and applying quality criteria throughout the study will be emphasized. Prior experience with MMR is not a prerequisite. Extensive introductory workshop materials will be provided.

 

Presenters:

Kathleen M. T. Collins, PhD is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas. She has presented workshops for faculty and graduate students on topics related to mixed research, writing research literature reviews, and publishing research articles. She is co-editor of a mixed research book in the area of stress and coping (2010, Information Age Publishing), and co-author of The Practice of Qualitative Research (3rd edition, forthcoming, 2014, Sage).

 

R. Burke Johnson, PhD is a professor in the Department of Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama. He has given numerous presentations on the conduct of mixed methods research. Among other writings, he is coauthor of two research methods textbooks (one with Sage, and one with Pearson) and is coeditor (with Sharlene Hesse-Biber) of the Oxford Handbook of Multiple and Mixed Inquiry. He is a past associate editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and has written extensively in the area of mixed methods research. 

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2. Practical Strategies for Analysis and Integration of Mixed Methods Data

Practical strategies involved in learning from, connecting, and comparing mixed forms of data and in transforming, synthesising and blending data and analyses using both manual techniques and a variety of both generalist and specialist computer software will be presented and placed in a context of examples from personal experience, the literature, and audience contributions. The workshop will assume basic understanding of qualitative (text analysis) and statistical methods. It will be of particular value for graduate students as well as for academics and practitioners who are feeling overwhelmed with data and are wondering what to do with it and how to advance their analysis of it.

 

Presenter:

Dr. Pat Bazeley provides research training and consulting to academics, graduate students and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines in universities and government agencies both locally and internationally. She has worked in community development, project consulting and in academic research development. She helps researchers to make sense of both quantitative and qualitative data and to use computer programs for management and analysis of qualitative and mixed methods data. She has published extensively on qualitative and mixed methods analysis.

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3. Incorporating Culture and Context in the Literature Review: A Mixed Research Integrative Approach

The purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide a meta-framework-- integrating mixed research techniques, ethics, Web 2.0 resources, and cultural considerations--for conducting and writing comprehensive literature reviews, applicable for graduate students, beginning researchers, and experienced researchers alike. We will provide a step-by-step guide illustrating how to identify databases; use extensive search strategies via multiple MODES (Media, Observation, Documents, Experts, Secondary Data); store and organize selected literature; analyze and synthesize the information using computer software (e.g., Excel, QDA Miner, SPSS); and present the report coherently. Each step concludes with what we describe as the CORE of the process, namely, Critical Exploration, Organization, Reflections, and Evaluation.


Presenters:

Anthony Onwuegbuzie is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Sam Houston State University, teaching doctoral-level courses in qualitative quantitative, and mixed research. He writes extensively on methodological topics. Alongside over 650 conference/keynote presentations, he has had published over 370 works, including over 290 journal articles, 50 book chapters, and 2 books. His h-index is 55. He is former editor of Educational Researcher and current co-editor of Research in the Schools.

 

Rebecca K. Frels is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Populations at Lamar University, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S), Certified School Counselor, and Play Therapist in the state of Texas. Research areas include youth-based mentoring, at-risk student success, creativity in counseling, supervision, multicultural counseling, and literature reviews for best practices in counseling and research. She has secured 30 publications, two book chapters, a book in press, and several outstanding paper awards.

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4. Pragmatism as a Paradigm for Mixed Methods Research.

Although Mixed Methods Research frequently invokes pragmatism as its paradigm, this often emphasizes pragmatism’s attention to practicality, rather than its wider implications as a philosophical paradigm. In contrast to paradigms based on metaphysical concepts such as ontology and epistemology, pragmatism emphasizes inquiry and experience. In particular, inquiry involves decision making that leads to action, while experience includes interpreting the outcomes of action. In addition, pragmatism requires the location of inquiry and experience within a specific social and historical context. The presentation relies on John Dewey’s five-stage model of inquiry, with specific applications to research design at both practical and methodological levels. This workshop is open to all attendees, regardless of level of knowledge, and does not require any equipment.


Presenter:

David L. Morgan is professor of sociology at Portland State University. He is the author of Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: A Pragmatic Approach,

from Sage Publications.
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5. Transformative Mixed Methods

Emerging researchers who situate their research in culturally complex communities and desire to see their research used for enhancing social justice and human rights will value the transformative mixed methods workshop. The objectives include: Critical analysis of the philosophical assumptions that underlie choices to do transformative work and application of transformative mixed methods strategies to enhance research in this respect. Examples of transformative mixed methods research studies will be used to illustrate applications in diverse communities, such as women and girls in international development, people with disabilities and those who are deaf, and racial/ethnic minorities in the US and abroad. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences and queries to the workshop to increase its relevance for them. Prerequisites: Basic understandings of mixed methods approaches.

 

Presenter:

Prof. Donna Mertens teaches research and evaluation from a social justice, rights-based perspective at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She authored Transformative Research and Evaluation (2009), Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Methods (2010), and Program Evaluation (with Amy Wilson, 2012). She serves as editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. Her focus is culturally responsive, mixed methods research in marginalized communities.

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6. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research and Theory Building Using HyperRESEARCH

Researchware will present license keys for HyperRESEARCH and HyperTRANSCRIBE to each workshop participant (worth from $239 at student pricing to $1139.00 at commercial pricing) as gifts!

Please join Researchware co-founder Paul Dupuis in a hands-on exploration of the HyperRESEARCH software for qualitative and mixed methods research. The curriculum will lead you through the process of conducting qualitative and mixed methods research, from preparing your data in advance of coding to building and testing your theories, Topics include working with  various source types (text, audio, video, images, and mixed-method data sets); organizing your data using HyperRESEARCH "cases" to represent your units of analysis; creating and applying codes; finding and autocoding themes in source data; creating memos and annotations; mapping your codes; code retrieval and reporting; and iterative code refinement and theory building. You will also explore the various plug-in Tools available for HyperRESEARCH, including the Coverage Map, Frequency Report, Intercoder Ratings, Mixed Methods Importer, Word Counter, and more. Participants may bring a laptop (Mac/Win) to follow along using provided software and sample files (this is optional). Researchware staff will be on hand to answer any questions, including questions specific to your own research and data.


Presenter:

Paul Dupuis is a co-founder of Researchware, developers of HyperRESEARCH™ and HyperTRANSCRIBE™ software for qualitative research. Paul has been involved with the field of qualitative research and with Researchware since its inception in 1991.

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7. Qualitative Driven Mixed Methods and Multiple-Methods Designs

While mixed- and multiple-method designs have given a new interest and legitimacy to qualitative inquiry, the role of qualitative methods is not appreciated and often mis-represented.  In this workshop, I will discuss the contribution(s) of qualitative methods to the project as a whole.  We will focus on qualitatively-driven designs, and designs with a qualitative supplemental component. Diagramming the study components, and listing the outcomes of each component, enables the researcher to keep the original aims in the foreground, and enables evaluation of results as the study progresses. We will specially focus on diagramming, the theoretical trust of the project, the point of interface, and writing the results. This workshop is intended for participants with advanced knowledge of MM and knowledge and skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Participants may discuss their own research and introduce tricky issues.

 

Presenter

Janice M. Morse, PhD (Nursing), PhD (Anthropology), FAAN is a professor and Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada.  From 1996-2007, she was Professor and founding Director and Scientific Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, and is the editor for Qualitative Health Research. She is the author of many articles, and Principles and practice of Mixed-Method design (2009, Left Coast).

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8.  Publishing Mixed Methods Studies in the Health Sciences Literature

This workshop is intended for researchers with emerging to advanced skills in mixed methods in health services and biomedical research seeking to publish in peer-reviewed journals. The session will present a strategic approach to publication: 1) identifying target journals receptive to mixed methods, 2) developing a credible and competitive manuscript, and 3) preparing an effective revise and resubmit letter. We will work through ‘real’ examples of draft manuscripts through this process. No prerequisites. Participant may bring a draft manuscript for the group to work on as part of the discussion.

 

Presenter:

Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Leslie’s research focuses on health care access, quality and outcomes in hospital, community and institutional settings in the U.S. and internationally, using mixed methods. A Fellow of Branford College at Yale, Leslie teaches extensively and provides mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.

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Afternoon Workshops 1:10 - 4:30

9. How to Integrate Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, Methods, and Data

This workshop will clarify what integration in mixed methods research involves, and will address both the conceptual and practical issues in creating an integrated study. It will provide hands-on guidance in the different types of, and strategies for, integration in mixed methods research, including in writing up the process and results of the research, with analysis of a diverse range of example studies. Attendees should have at least some familiarity with both qualitative and quantitative research, but specific experience with mixed methods research is not necessary. There is no required equipment.

 

Presenter:

Joseph A. Maxwell is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, where he teaches courses on qualitative and mixed methods research. He is the author of Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (third edition, Sage, 2012), "Realism as a Stance for Mixed Methods Research" (in the SAGE Handbook of Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research, 2nd ed.), and many papers on qualitative and mixed methods research.

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10. Navigating Mixed Methods Research: Using a Mixed Methods Conceptual Framework as a Practical Guide to the Field

With the expanded interest in and diversity in the perspectives about mixed methods research, the field of mixed methods is becoming increasingly complex. Individuals who are new to mixed methods research often need guidance in understanding and navigating its important issues, as well as learning mixed methods research practices. The objective of this workshop is to introduce a conceptual framework that can serve as a practical guide to understanding the complexities and nuances of the mixed methods field, demonstrate the utility of the framework for scholars with varying knowledge about mixed methods, and provide practical guidance for using the framework to inform the design and conduct of mixed methods studies across disciplines. Participants are encouraged to bring a personal laptop/tablet.

 

Presenters:

Vicki L. Plano Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies program at the University of Cincinnati.  Her scholarship focuses on the delineation and application of mixed methods designs and procedures along with the contexts for using mixed methods.  She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and co-led the development of “Best Practices for Mixed Methods” for NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

 

Nataliya V. Ivankova is Associate Professor in Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her empirical and methodological work in mixed methods research. Her scholarship includes numerous peer-reviewed presentations and publications addressing application of mixed methods across disciplines. She has been teaching graduate level mixed methods courses, mentoring students and faculty in mixed methods research, and consulting on federally and state funded mixed methods research projects.

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11. Qualitatively-Driven Approaches to Mixed Methods Research Design & Analysis

This workshop will be useful both to researchers new to using mixed methods and to those interested in extending their use of this approach.  The workshop will show participants how to construct research questions that benefit from qualitatively driven mixed methods research design and provide opportunities for them to work with data generated with this approach. There will be ample opportunity for small group work, questions and answers and dialogue throughout. We will provide all participants with handouts to take home with them that we hope will solidify and extend their workshop experience. Bring your questions with you. 

 

Presenters:

Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology, Boston College. She has written widely on mixed methods research advances and issues. She is author of Mixed Methods: Merging Theory with Practice (Guilford Publications, 2010) and co-editor of Mixed Methods and Credibility of Evidence in Evaluation. New Directions for Evaluation. Number 138 (Jossey-Bass & A.E.A., 2013). She is co-author of The Practice of Qualitative Research (Sage, 2011).She is co-developer of HyperResearch, a software program for analyzing qualitative data (www.researchware.com).

 

Nollaig Frost, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Middlesex University, UK. Her research interests in motherhood, mental illness and migration are underpinned by her exploration and application of pluralistic qualitative methods.  With members of the Pluralism in Qualitative Research (PQR) team that she leads she has written and edited a key book on the use of this methodology, Frost, N.A. (2011) Qualitative Research in Psychology: Combining Core Approaches, Open University Press.

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12. Methodological Issues (Opportunities and Challenges) in Conducting Mixed Methods Research: Voices from the Field

 The methodological pluralism of mixed methods research is uniquely suited to the study of complex, multifaceted phenomena and subject matter. The shift from the incompatibility perspective regarding quantitative and qualitative research has been a welcome and necessary one which has presented opportunities and challenges to researchers (and consumers and end-users). The proposed workshop will provide examples of mixed methods research at Harvard Medical School to illustrate the opportunities and challenges of the “third paradigm”.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own research study examples which will contribute to an Inventory of Mixed Methods Research Opportunities and Challenges which would help understand the pertinent issues in the field as a potential “next steps” in moving mixed methods research forward.

 

Presenters:

Emorcia V. Hill, PhD, MSW, Director, Research and Evaluation, Converge: Building Inclusion in the Science through Research, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, HMS is a sociologist who applies system approaches to research on topics related to equality, diversity and institutional transformation. Her formal training and professional experience includes quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her expertise is in basic and applied research, program development and policy analysis that draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives.

 

René Carapinha, PhD, MA, Research Manager, Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, is a social and behavioral scientist. Her work focuses on the generative processes of social inequality specifically in the context of workplaces and the intersection of business and community. She has expertise in cross-national and multi-organizational research, using large national and multi-national datasets and quantitative and qualitative methods.

 

Erica T. Warner, ScD MPH, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a cancer epidemiologist with a focus on breast cancer. Her dissertation research looked at the variation in incidence, time to diagnosis and stage by age at diagnosis and race/ethnicity. Her current research examines the relationship between obesity and risk of fatal breast cancer and non-traditional breast cancer risk factors and their relationship to intrinsic breast cancer subtypes.


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13. The Science of Mixed Methods

This workshop targets intermediate level mixed methods researchers and addresses advanced mixed methods scientific procedures. The objectives are learning how to: 1) incorporate core mixed methods characteristics; 2) express procedures in mixed methods terms; 3) add greater value through a mixed methods approach than a qualitative or quantitative approach alone; 4) incorporate philosophy and theory into projects; 5) choose a mixed methods design; 6) recognize methodological issues/threats to validity; 7) develop mixed methods questions; 8) integrate and represent mixed methods data; 9) structure a written product; and 10) assess quality in mixed methods projects. Participants will complete a worksheet about their projects. Attendees should have an intermediate to advanced knowledge of fundamentals of qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research.

 

Presenters:

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  In addition to teaching at the University, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 22 books, many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world.  He also serves as a consultant on mixed methods research in the US and abroad.

 

Michael D. Fetters, MD, MPH, MA is a family medicine researcher and Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.  His research focuses on the influence of culture on medical decision making, health services research, and applications of mixed methods research as a methodologist.  Dr. Fetters has led multiple mixed methods workshops internationally. He serves as Associate Editor of Medical Studies, Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

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14. Title: Mixed Methods Reporting: ‘Getting your groove on!’

In the full spirit of mixed methods approaches to social inquiry, this workshop will engage with the use of “alternative representations” of inquiry results in mixed methods reporting. “Alternative representations” include stories, poems, performance, dance, and art. The justification for using these humanities-based ways to present inquiry findings is anchored in the interpretive turn of social science in the latter half of the 20th century. In this workshop participants will be introduced to the theoretical basis for alternative representations, critique examples of such representations, envision their potential for mixed methods inquiry, and experiment themselves with an alternative representational form. The workshop will assume participant familiarity with interpretive, qualitative social inquiry and practical experience with mixing methods. Bring your dancing shoes!

 

Presenter:

Jennifer C. Greene is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois. Her work focuses on the intersection of social science methodology and social policy and aspires to be both methodologically innovative and socially responsible. Greene has held leadership and editorial positions in the American Evaluation Association and the American Educational Research Association. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and has authored Mixed Methods in Social Inquiry.

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15. Title: Using Exploratory Text Mining Techniques for Enhancing Mixed Methods Research

 We will present several examples illustrating how qualitative analysis of textual data could be combined with quantitative content analysis and text mining approaches in order to achieve stronger inferences, generate original insights, and answer new questions. We will stress some of the benefits for both qualitative researchers and text mining practitioners of combining methods present in QDA Miner and WordStat.  We will examine how text mining could provide assistance for sampling, initiate familiarity with the data, facilitate topic identification and codebook management processes of qualitative research as well as achieve faster and more reliable coding of qualitative data. 

 

Presenter:

Normand Péladeau is the president of Provalis Research, a software company based in Montreal. He has a doctorate in psychology and more than 25 years of experience as a social science researcher and consultant in research methodology for large corporations, governmental agencies, and NGOs. Dr. Péladeau has trained hundreds of people in text analysis techniques in a wide range of applications, such as business intelligence, market research, aviation safety, media analysis, survey research, and international crime analysis.

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