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Aligning theory and methodology in mixed methods research: Before Design Theoretical Placement

Alavi, M, Archibald, M, McMaster, R, Lopez, V and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Aligning theory and methodology in mixed methods research: Before Design Theoretical Placement' , International Journal of Social Research Methodology , doi: 10.1080/13645579.2018.1435016.

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When a theoretical framework (and its components) is not clearly linkedto research methods, researchers risk designing flawed studies, wherein thestated research question is inconsistent with the research design. Explicitlyidentifying one’s theoretical orientation can provide an orderly schematicfor linking observations from separate investigations (i.e. qualitative,quantitative) thereby facilitating understandings and guiding researchdesigns particularly in fields of social and health sciences where complexphenomena are an aspect of the subject of inquiry. Although this has beenestablished, how researchers might position their research theoretically toguide mixed methods research is less clear. In this paper, we propose theBefore Design Theoretical Placement as a general guide for specifying andlocating studies in a broader theoretical grounding, and discuss how it mayinform overall study considerations. We then use this approach to illustratehow theories and methods can work together to facilitate professionalknowledge development from a relational perspective.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Alavi, M and Archibald, M and McMaster, R and Lopez, V and Cleary, M
Keywords: Health science; knowledge generation; mixed methods research
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1364-5579
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/13645579.2018.1435016
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