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Quantitative and Mixed Methods
Transcript of Quantitative and Mixed Methods
By: Brigitta, Erica and Megan
Analyzing both quantitative and qualitative methods from a feminist research perspective with a specific focus on intersectionality to determine the effectiveness of both.
We will be discussing;
Chapter 12 : Feminist Approaches to Mixed Methods Research
The Complexity of Intersectionality, by McCall
Quantitative Methods and Gender Inequalities. by Scott
The Methodological Challenges of Qualitative and Quantitative Intersectionality Research , by Bowleg
The Complexity of Intersectionality
Intersectionality is an important part of feminist research.
The three main theories that explore the complexities of intersectionality in social life are:
1. Anticategorical Complexity
2. Intercaterogical Complexity
3. Intracategorical Complexity
Quantitative and Qualitative methods can be helpful to further feminist research but within both methods there are challenges that will arise, depending on what the subject of your research is and whether or not the researcher is asking the appropriate questions.
Focuses on the challenges of conducting intersectionality research using qualitative and quantitative methods, specifically looking at black lesbian women
The problem is that virtually every study uses an additive approach
Researchers are attempting to pose better questions that are not additive
Quantitative Methods and Gender Inequality
Mixed Methods = Both Qualitative and Quantitative data collection and analysis techniques
Feminism and Mixed Methods Approach:
Why Feminists choose this method greatly depends on their research question.
Mixed Methods can serve to further feminist research problems and perspectives.
Qualitative method is not always seen to be a feminist method and therefore is not always used by feminists for research purposes.
Do you have to mix quantitative and qualitative methods in order for the quantitative aspect to be considered feminist? Or can quantitative methods be feminist on their own?
Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
There are a number of ways to combine Qualitative and Quantitative methods.
Chapter shows different approaches to combining Qualitative and Quantitative data using a series of case studies.
The Case Studies
(1) Equal footing in analysis and interpretation
(2) Started Qualitative, ending Mixed Methods.
(3) Used Qualitative because Quantitative wasn't available.
(4)Began with quantitative and ended with qualitative
Advantages to Mixed Methods Research
Qualitative data can add an "in depth" understanding of quantitative survey results.
Qualitative data can serve to contextualize statistical results of a survey by adding a more complete understanding to a researcher's survey findings
Qualitative findings might help to validate survey results
Illustrate the strengths of using quantitative methods for furthering our understanding of gender inequalities.
Research Priority Network on Gender Inequalities in Production and Reproduction (GeNet)
Life course patterns
Gender / Ethnicity / Class
Impact of social policies