Beyond quality and quantity : Representing empirical structures by embedded typologies

Faculty/Professorship: Foundations in Education  
Author(s): Borgstede, Matthias  ; Rau, Caroline  
Title of the Journal: Frontiers in Education
ISSN: 2504-284X
Publisher Information: Lausanne : Frontiers Media
Year of publication: 2023
Volume: 8
Pages: 1-11
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.3389/feduc.2023.1087908
In this article, we propose a new approach to the problem of integration in mixed methods research that builds on a representational understanding of empirical science. From this perspective, qualitative and quantitative modeling strategies constitute two different ways to represent empirical structures. Whereas qualitative representations focus on the construction of types from cases, quantitative representations focus on the construction of dimensions from variables. We argue that types and dimensions should be integrated within a joint representation of the data that equally acknowledges qualitative and quantitative aspects. We outline how the proposed representational framework can be used to embed qualitative types in quantitative dimensions using an empirical study on teachers’ epistemological beliefs.
GND Keywords: Forschungsmethode; Empirische Pädagogik
Keywords: qualitative and quantitative research, mixed methods, documentary method, discriminant analysis, cluster analysis, teachers’ epistemological beliefs
DDC Classification: 370 Education  
RVK Classification: DF 2520   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 14. February 2023
Project: Open-Access-Publikationskosten 2022 - 2024