• Subject Name : Management

Literature Review of Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods

One short paragraph describing if the article provides relevant background and cited literature related to the research project?

When reviewing the literature in the article, consider the following points:

  • Is cited research in the introduction related to the research problem and questions?
  • Do the citations indicate a lack of knowledge or deficits in the field?
  • Is sufficient data provided to emphasize or verify the problem?
  • Does the author clearly outline why the research is necessary and important?
  • Does the research presented in the introduction logically establish a basis for the problem statement, research questions and chosen research methodology?

In the given article, the mentioned literature review is relevant and related to the research under consideration. The literature introduces the topic effectively and includes information from different sources to suggest that there is a void in the current literature regarding directions for creating course outlines, materials and strategies to promote a more encompassing view of mixed-method research. However, the article does not provide a detailed account of the said void. Authors clearly outline that this research is important as it will help teachers determine what works and what does not while formulating teaching strategies. Moreover, the information is provided in a logical manner as the author first introduced the concept, defines its variables and the need for the research. 


Describe the intervention or state N/A. If an intervention was used, did the author explicitly describe it? One sentence.

The author conducted a longitudinal study of curriculum research and mixed-method research.

Data Collection of Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods

Write 1 sentence summarizing each of the data strands (QL, QN, SS) collected,

Interviews, Surveys, Measures, Observations, Secondary Source Data…

  • Were data collection techniques and management explained (units of data or materials, measures, interviews, secondary information, surveys etc.)
  • Instrumentation –If used, did the authors describe the instrument and information about who authored it, validity, reliability and credibility?

A 5-point Likert scale was used to collect quantitative data.

Open-ended questions were used to collect quantitative data along with interviews and classroom observation. 

Authors clearly mentioned the data collection tools and the way they administered the same. However, the research does not clarify why the chosen method is more reliable and credible.

Data Analysis of Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods

Write 1 sentence how each of the data strands was analyzed (QL QN, SS)

  • Data analysis- did the authors describe how they analyzed the data (qualitative- coding; quantitative- descriptive statistics, statistical analysis i.e. t-tests, ANOVA, Correlation)?
  • Did the authors describe how they interpreted the Data?
  • Did they describe how they made sense of the refined information?
  • Were the presentations/graphs/tables clear and understandable?

the t-test was used for analyzing quantitative data along with descriptive statistics such as SD.

A reiterative grounded theoretical analysis was conducted for qualitative data.

However, while the authors provided a detailed account of the way qualitative data was analysed, the research does not provide a proper account of the quantitative data analysis. In the end, findings of both QL and QN data were merged using a pragmatic approach to draw inductive inferences.

Validity/Credibility of Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods

Write 1 sentence indicating any validity or credibility measures were indicated e.g. member check, data triangulation, internal validity, reliability measures…)

Data-triangulation, multiple-analyst-triangulation, expert audit and considering rival conclusions.

Sample {Participants):

Write 1 sentence indicating sample characteristics.

  • Sample (who was studied, location, setting, and number of participants)

Students from the University of Hawaii’s college of education to graduate students with, on average, 17 students in EDCS-606 and 9 in EDCS-780.

Results of Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods


  • Did the authors clearly state the results? Do the results logically follow the research questions, data collection, and analysis? Have the authors succinctly expressed their findings without providing opinions or conclusions that cannot be deduced from the presented study?
  • Are the results clearly stated and presented?
  • Did the author describe the results in words and graphical or table format?

Out of 23 items from EDCS-606 course, only item 6, 8 and 16 were found to be statistically significant. On the other hand, in EDCS-780 course, findings revealed that 95% of mean scores were higher across the university and 75% were higher than the same items administered in classes throughout the college. However, none of the differences was statistically significant. Only 19 items EDCS-780 revealed higher mean scores that were statistically significant. The authors clearly mentioned the research findings. However, no graphs or tables were used to present the findings.

Conclusions on Designing, Teaching, and Evaluating Two Complementary Mixed Methods

One Paragraph. Consider the following

  • Did the author present any conclusions that are not related to the data and analysis?
  • Has the author introduced new concepts or problems in the conclusions that could not be deduced from the study?
  • Directly related to the study? Not opinions?

The stated conclusion is logically related to the literature and data used in the study, without introducing new problems or concepts. However, the article does touches upon the challenge faced by teachers in teaching mixed methods research to students from a diverse background. Also, the conclusion is riddled with opinions of the authors and other entities. Yet, the conclusion succinctly reports that EDCS-606 and 780 helped students to learn about mixed methods research.

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