1st Edition

Philosophical Foundations of Mixed Methods Research Dialogues between Researchers and Philosophers

Edited By Yafeng Shan Copyright 2024
    270 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    270 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Philosophical Foundations of Mixed Methods Research provides a comprehensive examination of the philosophical foundations of mixed methods research.

    It offers new defences of the seven main approaches to mixed methods (the pragmatist approach, the transformative approach, the indigenous approach, the dialectical approach, the dialectical pluralist approach, the performative approach, and the realist approach) written by leading mixed methods researchers. Each approach is accompanied by critical reflections chapter from philosophers’ point of view. The book shows the value of the use of mixed methods from a philosophical point of view and offers a systematic and critical examination of these positions and approaches from a philosophical point of view. The volume also offers a platform to promote a dialogue between mixed methods researchers and philosophers of science and provides foundations for further research and teaching of this hotly debated topic.

    This volume is ideal for researchers and advanced students, and anyone who is interested in research methods and the social sciences more generally.

    1. Assessing Philosophical Foundations of Mixed Methods Research
    Yafeng Shan

    Part I. Thus Spoke Researchers

    2. A Pragmatist Approach to Mixed Methods Research
    Martina Y. Feilzer

    3. The Philosophical Foundations of a Transformative Approach to Mixed Methods
    Donna Mertens

    4. Philosophical Underpinnings of Mixed Methods: Decolonizing Evaluation Practice through Decolonising Paradigms
    Bagele Chilisa

    5. The Dialectic Stance: Navigating Difference
    Jori N. Hall

    6. Dialectical Pluralism and Integration in Mixed Methods Research
    R. Burke Johnson

    7. A Performative Approach to Mixed Methods Research
    Judith Schoonenboom

    8. A Realist Approach for Mixed Methods Research
    Joseph A. Maxwell

    Part II. Thus Spoke Philosophers

    9. Mixed Methods Research and Deweyan Pragmatism Reconsidered
    Gert Biesta

    10. Mixed Methods Research and Critical Realism Reconsidered
    Rosa W. Runhardt

    11. Mixed Methods and Causal Ontology
    Christopher Clarke

    12. Evidential Partnerships and Multi-method Research in Political Science: Methodological, Evidential, and Causal Pluralisms
    Sharon Crasnow


    Yafeng Shan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. His books include Evidential Pluralism in the Social Sciences (Routledge, 2023).