Research Methods in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

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Donna M Mertens not only covers two standard paradigms (postpositivist and interpretive/constructivist) but also explores the new emancipatory paradigm that is inclusive of the perspectives of feminists, ethnic/racial minorities and persons with disabilities.

In each chapter, Donna M Mertens carefully explains a step of the research process through the literature review, research method and analysis to reporting the research. Each chapter opens with examples and lists of topics to consider; contains sample studies to illustrate key ideas; has sequence steps to guide one through the research process; and has a question and answer section to elicit further reflection on the material covered.

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About the Author:

Donna M. Mertens is professor emerita at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She taught research methods and program evaluation to Deaf and hearing students at the MA and PhD levels for over 30 years. Her research and evaluation work includes studies on such topics as transformative mixed methods approaches that can contribute to improvement of environmental justice in Korea, economic development and child health in Indigenous communities in Guatemala, reducing violence and improving quality of life in Chile, improvement of special education services in many international settings, enhancing the educational experiences of students with disabilities, preventing sexual abuse in residential schools for Deaf students, improving access to the court systems for Deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and improving the preparation of teachers of the Deaf through appropriate use of instructional technology. Her research focuses on improving methods of inquiry by integrating the perspectives of those who have experienced oppression in our society. She draws on the writings of feminists, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples who have addressed the issues of power and oppression and their implications for research methodology.

Dr. Mertens has made numerous presentations at the meetings of the Mixed Methods International Research Association, American Evaluation Association, Association for College Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, International Sociological Association, Australasian Evaluation Society, American Psychological Association, African Evaluation Association, Canadian Evaluation Society, Visitors Studies Association, and other organizations that explore these themes. She served as president and board member of the American Evaluation Association from 1997 to 2002 and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation, 2002–2003. She was editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research from 2009 to 2014. She served as a visiting professor at La Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and a Fulbright specialist in Santiago Chile in 2016.

Her publications include four edited volumes, Indigenous Pathways to Social Research (coedited with Fiona Cram and Bagele Chilisa, 2013),
Handbook of Social Research Ethics (coedited with Pauline Ginsberg, 2009), Creative Ideas for Teaching Evaluation (1989), and Research and
Inequality (coedited with Carole Truman and Beth Humphries, 2000), and several authored books, including Research and Evaluation in
Education and Psychology (4th ed., 2015), Program Evaluation: A Comprehensive Guide (with Amy Wilson, 2012), Transformative Research
and Evaluation (2009), Research and Evaluation Methods in Special Education (coauthored with John McLaughlin, 2004), and Parents and Their Deaf Children (coauthored with Kay Meadow-Orlans and Marilyn Sass Lehrer, 2003). She also publishes many chapters and articles in edited
volumes, encyclopedias, handbooks, and journals, such as Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Qualitative Social Work, Educational Researcher,
International Journal of Mixed Methods Research, New Directions for Program Evaluation, American Journal of Evaluation, American Annals of
the Deaf, Studies in Educational Evaluation, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

Review:

"Merten’s informative volume is something of a page-turner. It is an insightful way of looking at research and viewing its outcomes should force researchers to reflect on their assumptions about reality and their research methodology. This book should be read by everyone doing serious social research that affects the lives of people." 

(J.F. Biter)

"Focused on providing as full a picture as possible of what is considered ′good′ research, Mertens explains quantitative and qualitative methods and incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into the descriptions of these methods. As an added plus, she includes a sample study and abstract in each chapter to illustrate the concepts discussed in that chapter."

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