- Friday 1 December 2017, Registration 9:45, start time 10:00 to 17:30
- Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Stag Hill Campus, Guildford, GU2 7XH
- Open to:
- Staff, Students, Public
- Professor Nigel Fielding
- Admission price:
- Varies according to status
- Admission information:
- To book, and pay for a place using a credit/debit card, please use the on-line Store link.
Tea and coffee will be available during breaks but lunch is NOT provided.
The workshop provides an overview and taster of mixed methods research. It provides a grounding in the logical underpinnings of mixed methods research; surveys the range of mixed method research designs; shows how mixed methods research is used in applied and policy-related work; relates principles and techniques to digital resources that facilitate mixed methods research; and discusses hot topics in current debates in the mixed methods community. Presentations are interleaved with substantial group exercises and with a number of shorter interactive segments. The workshop concludes with a surgery in which individual advice will be provided on participants’ own current or planned mixed methods work.
Session 1 Principles and Classic Formulations
Session 2 Exercise: Coding, deriving nominal variables and making formal connections between concepts
Session 3 Critical Problems: handling contradictions between data derived from different methods
Session 4 Software support for Mixed Methods
Session 5 McDonaldization and Innovation in Data Integration
Session 6 From convergent validation to analytic density
Session 7 Exercise: Skills for Mixed Methods: a self-diagnostic
Participants will conclude the workshop with: an up to date awareness of the procedures and techniques of mixed methods research; an appreciation of the philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of mixed methods; an exposure to the digital resources that can support mixed methods work; a sense of what remains contested and under debate in the mixed methods field. The workshop will enable participants to assess the suitability of a mixed methods approach to their own current or planned research, and to diagnose what skills they need to acquire and/or develop to fully engage with the mixed methods approach.
Nigel Fielding BA (Sussex) MA (Kent) PhD (LSE) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His interests in research methodology include mixed methods, field observation, interview methods, and digitally-mediated fieldwork. Nigel is a foundational figure in qualitative software. He has authored 24 books, many in research methodology, including Linking Data (1986, Sage; with Jane Fielding), Using Computers in Qualitative Research (1993, Sage, with Ray Lee), Interviewing I (2002, Sage Masterworks), Interviewing II (2009, Sage Masterworks), and the Handbook of Online Research Methods (Sage, first edition 2008, second edition 2017, with Grant Blank and Ray Lee). Nigel has presented workshops in methods throughout the UK, across Europe and Turkey, and in the US.
An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a social science discipline, or employment experience relevant to social research.
☐ Advanced (specialised prior knowledge)
☒ Intermediate (some prior knowledge)
☐ Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)
None but a list of key texts will be provided as part of the workshop materials.