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Of Methods And Methodology

A. Bryman
Published 2008 · Sociology

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore what the term “methodology” might be taken to mean. It uses an aphorism by Howard Becker as a springboard for examining the nature of methodology, arguing that Becker's view of methodology was misleading.Design/methodology/approach – There are two components. First, “insider” account of research findings concerning the nature of mixed methods research is presented. These findings derive from a content analysis of articles based on mixed methods research and from interviews with mixed methods researchers. Second, the paper examines the paradox that qualitative research is often viewed as generating interesting findings but that qualitative researchers frequently feel that they experience difficulty in placing qualitative articles in mainstream journals.Findings – The findings from the mixed methods study demonstrate that mixed methods research is often rationalized in a different way from how it is actually employed.Research limitations/implications – The s...
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