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Mixed Methods in Education

Mixed methods en Úducation.

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP)

Teacher(s): Farinaz Fassa Recrosio
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2017 -> 2017

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
4 hours per week
56 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): French
Public: Yes
Credits: 6.00


1. Understand what mixed methods can bring to research in education
2. Know how to construct a research protocol that includes qualitative and quantitative approaches according to clearly asked research questions that take into account the specificities of the context.
3. Put this theoretical knowledge into practice by constructing a questionnaire


Changes in educational policies lead to redefining and re-examining the sharing of the education of children between parents and educational professionals as well as the role of each of the parties.


Mixed methods are becoming increasingly important in sociology. What was a war of factions gradually gives way to a pacification which allows to associate the quantitative and qualitative approaches. These associations, however, are not without difficulties, the paradigms underlying quantitative and qualitative studies being sometimes considered as opposite.
After explaining these tensions, examining the various ways in which the authors approach this new methodological proposal, its advantages and limitations, the seminar will propose the adoption of a pragmatic position. It will examine what are the asset of mixed methods to the analysis of Educational questions through the implementation of a questionnaire on "Families and the school at the time of orientation".
Thus, the first part of the semester will be devoted to acquiring knowledge of issues related to mixed methods, the design of their tools and the topics addressed. The second part of the semester will be devoted to the students' design of questionnaires based on a few key questions that aim to clarify the complex relationships between families and school.


This course will be evaluated by a seminar validation which will take into account the work carried out by the students during the two parts of the semester. Regular and active student participation is expected throughout the semester.

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