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Pragmatism, Factor Analysis, and the Conditional Incompatibility Thesis in Mixed Methods Research

Hathcoat, John D.; Meixner, Cara

Journal of mixed methods research. Volume 11:Number 4 (2017, October); pp 433-449 -- Sage Publications on behalf of Mixed Methods International Research Association

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  • Title:
    Pragmatism, Factor Analysis, and the Conditional Incompatibility Thesis in Mixed Methods Research
  • Author: Hathcoat, John D.;
    Meixner, Cara
  • Found In: Journal of mixed methods research. Volume 11:Number 4 (2017, October); pp 433-449
  • Journal Title: Journal of mixed methods research
  • Subjects: Mixed methods research--Periodicals; Research--Evaluation--Periodicals; Social sciences--Research--Methodology--Periodicals; pragmatism--incompatibility--conditional incompatibility--mixed methods research--incommensurability--latent variables; Dewey: 507.21
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Sage Publications on behalf of Mixed Methods International Research Association
  • Abstract:

    This article advances the conditional incompatibility thesis, which when left unaddressed, poses challenges to the pragmatic maxim as a guiding framework for mixed methods research. The conditional incompatibility thesis stands in opposition to two claims, the first pertaining to the position that incompatibility can be avoided by adherence to a "whatever-works" maxim. Also questioned is the claim that quantitative and qualitative data are inherently incompatible. Arguing that there are conditions under which incompatibility occurs, we illustrate within the context of latent variable modeling how particular techniques, methods, and/or decisions fail to be philosophically neutral. Offered are methods through which researchers can be more mindful of, and thus transparent about, the influence of philosophical perspectives in their work.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100069663568.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1558-6898; 10.1177/1558689815622114
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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