Mixed Methods Research in Environmental Planning
SUNY College at Plattsburgh
This is a course in mixed methods research for environmental planning majors. It builds on basic statistics and introduces qualitative research, with the ultimate goal of writing a mixed methods paper.
less than 15
University with graduate programs, primarily masters programs
This is an upper level course for students majoring in environmental planning. All students have had an introduction to statistics.
This course covers the following concepts: ontology, epistemology, and methods, as well as the difference between each; reasons for conducting mixed methods studies; types of mixed methods studies; qualitative analysis in NVIVO; quantitative analysis in excel; and research article writing.
Students should be able to evaluate the methods section of mixed methods research papers and determine the approach used and the appropriateness of that approach.1
This course has final assessment where students analyze existing data and draft a manuscript for a peer reviewed journal.
My design is project-based (actually writing a paper) because I believe the best way to teach about mix methods research is to conduct mixed methods research. This works well with my small class size and upper level students.
I haven't implemented assessment; this is my first semester teaching the course.
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References and Notes:
Various research papers as examples!