Determining a voice to use in writing about mixed methods research

Dovona-Ope, Dinah R. (2011) Determining a voice to use in writing about mixed methods research. In: Beyond binaries in education research. Routledge Research in Education. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York, USA, pp. 27-33. ISBN 978-0-415-88512-6


Education researchers conducting mixed methods research in cross-cultural contexts can be confronted with a number of binaries through which they need to weave their way. I am an example of an education researcher who has made serious considerations in undertaking a triangulation mixed methods research in a cross-cultural context. A key issue which has challenged me has been the determination of an appropriate voice in crafting the writing of my research report. Although authorities in mixed methods research suggest considering methodological underpinnings guiding the study and/or considering the audience the research targets in determining an appropriate voice to employ, it has not been that simple for me. Consequently, I have considered three key areas to assist me in determining the voice in writing my research report. These have been (1) the methodological
underpinnings guiding my mixed methods research in a highly complex sociocultural context; (2) the sociocultural context of my target audience; (3) my social status as a female researcher from a matrilineal context and the strong influence of that culture.

These highlight the importance for education researchers not only to consider the theoretical assumptions guiding the educational research and the target audience in determining the voice. Education researchers also need to consider the sociocultural dimension as well as values that they, as researchers, bring to research, particularly when conducting research in complex sociocultural contexts.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Additional Information: Chapter 3. Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2011 05:48
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2017 01:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: education research; education; research; mixed methods
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441006 Sociological methodology and research methods
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390203 Sociology of education
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified

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