Mixed Methods Research in Educational Technology in Higher Education

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education welcomes submissions to the thematic series on 'Mixed Methods Research in Educational Technology in Higher Education'.

In the last three decades, mixed methods research (MMR) has considerably expanded in the social and behavioural sciences. MMR is defined as “research in which the investigator collects and analyses data, integrates the findings, and draws inferences using both qualitative and quantitative approaches or methods in a single study or program of inquiry” (Tashakkori & Creswell, 2007, p. 4). On that basis, a growing number of scholars are emphasising the added value from using MMR, including, among other things, the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of the social phenomena under investigation and to offset the weaknesses of one method with the advantages of the other. 

Accordingly, we have seen how researchers tailor the use of MMR to the needs and principles of each disciplinary field. In the case of educational technology in higher education, addressing how MMR is used will potentially help not only to foster this type of inquiry among researchers, but also to develop guidelines for exploiting its potential within this field. The purpose of this special issue is to highlight the use of MMR in the field of educational technology in higher education. It is expected that the selected papers will provide educational technology researchers with a better understanding of how to design and conduct MMR studies, as well as how the use of MMR will deepen understanding in their topics of inquiry.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Methodological and/or theoretical manuscripts addressing topics such as: the prevalence of MMR studies in educational technology in higher education, the contribution MMR makes, the philosophical issues related to MMR, or discussions about procedural aspects of MMR within the field (e.g. types of designs, sampling strategies, approaches to data analysis, or quality issues).
  • Empirical manuscripts that use MMR in educational technology in higher education.

Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated on the basis that: (a) they fit the definition of MMR stated above, (b) they show methodological quality and originality, and (c) they contribute to improve our understanding and practice of MMR.


Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Mixed Methods Research in Educational Technology in Higher Education'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.


Deadline for submissions: 1 October, 2017


Guest Editors

Sergi Fàbregues, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

  • Sergi Fàbregues is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the Open University of Catalonia, Spain, and researcher of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. His main research interests lie in the quality of mixed methods research, gender and technology, and the use of technology in education. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on qualitative and social research methods. Currently he serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Nataliya V. Ivankova, Department of Health Services Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States

  • Nataliya V. Ivankova is Professor in the Schools of Health Professions and Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA. She has extensive experience in qualitative, mixed methods and participatory research, as exemplified by her investigator and consultant role on many funded projects and authorship of multiple books and research publications. She shares her expertise through teaching qualitative and mixed methods courses, conducting hands-on workshops and mentoring doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty. She is a founding Co-editor of the Mixed Methods Research Series with Sage Publishing and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Julio Meneses, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

  • Julio Meneses is Associate Professor of Research Methods in the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the Open University of Catalonia, Spain, and researcher of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute. His current research interests lie in survey design and multivariate analysis, digital inequality, and the use of technology by children and young people. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on quantitative and social research methods.

José F. Molina-Azorin, Department of Management, University of Alicante, Spain

  • José F. Molina-Azorin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, University of Alicante, Spain. His research focuses on strategic management, organizational design, quality management, environmental management and research methods, mainly mixed methods and multilevel research. His work on mixed methods has been published in several book chapters, in management journals, and in methodological journals including Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Organizational Research Methods and International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research.


Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed

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References

Creswell, J. W., & Tashakkori, A. (2007). Editorial: Developing publishable mixed methods manuscripts. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(2), 107-111.

This journal is indexed by

  • Scopus
    • CiteScore 1.33
    • Q1  Education
    • Q2 Computer Sciences Applications
  • ESCI
  • ProQuest Central
  • Google Scholar
  • DOAJ


Associated institutions

The International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education is associated with:

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya