1st Edition

Reflexive Mixed Methods Research in Comparative and International Education Context, Complexity, and Transdisciplinarity

By Joan G. DeJaeghere Copyright 2024
    124 Pages 2 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    124 Pages 2 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Responding to both the increase of mixed methods research (MMR) and the lack of dialogue about its philosophical and methodological practices in comparative and international education (CIE) Reflexive Mixed Methods Research in Comparative and International Education: Context, Complexity, and Transdisciplinarity offers readers an overview of different philosophical approaches to mixed methods, as well as the practical processes to engage in MMR with reflexivity.

    Comparing reflexivity to a kaleidoscope, the author describes how it can be used throughout the research process to engage with different paradigms and methods, as well as to integrate findings and consider emerging interconnections. The book discusses various ways to reflexively adapt designs, methods, and analyses, and integrate findings in MMR to better contextualize knowledge in the field of CIE. It illustrates different approaches to MMR through various case summaries, and each chapter poses reflexive questions for researchers to consider during their research projects. It emphasizes a critical realist approach, particularly for how it involves epistemological pluralism while also offering contingent explanations to educational questions. Through a reflexive approach, the book offers possibilities for conducting better and more epistemically just MMR.

    This is fascinating reading for both new and more experienced researchers to expand the craft of researching with MM. Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams, as well as sole researchers, will find concrete research practices in the book for employing reflexive MMR to understand complex educational issues.



    List of Abbreviations

    01: Introduction to Mixed Methods Research in Comparative and International Education

    02: A Reflexive Approach to Mixed Methods Research

    03: Contextualizing Through Mixed Methods and Designs

    04: Analyzing and Writing Reflexive Mixed Methods Research

    05: Reflexive Mixed Methods, Ethics, and Epistemic Justice

    06: Advancing Reflexive Mixed Methods Research



    Joan G. DeJaeghere is Distinguished International Professor in Comparative and International Development Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota, USA.

    “A timely contribution for researchers who want to integrate quantitative and qualitative research methods into their work, while drawing on different disciplinary conventions. Suitable for both students and seasoned scholars, the book covers not only design issues but digs deeply into what it takes to really leverage methodological diversity to effectively answer important research questions.” - Professor Karen Mundy, OISE, University of Toronto.