Joseph Maxwell - Demonstrating Causation in Mixed Methods Research
December 6, 2018 at 10am MST
This webinar deals with how mixed methods research can provide credible evidence for causal conclusions. Unfortunately, the topic of causation is a problematic one for researchers. The philosophical literature on causation is vast and complex, and most of it isn't of much use to researchers in the social sciences. In addition, many quantitative researchers are convinced that only quantitative (particularly experimental) methods can adequately address causation, while many qualitative researchers reject the concept of causation entirely, seeing it as a positivist concept that is incompatible with an interpretive or constructivist approach. My purpose in this webinar session is to challenge both of these views. I highlight those issues that are critical for, and of real use to, both qualitative and quantitative researchers, and show how these issues can inform and improve our ability to make and justify causal claims in our research.