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On the merits of mixing methods: A langauge program evaluation

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Title: On the merits of mixing methods: A langauge program evaluation
Authors: Kletzien, Jacob A.
Advisor: Brown, James D.
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: In the spring of 2009, an evaluation was conducted of a university-level language program. The focus was to determine the viability of using a specific Virtual Learning Environment in all classes at the program. The evaluation that ensued followed a mixed methods design, mixing at least one quantitative and one qualitative method in the same study (Bergman, 2008b). This paper highlights the benefits of using mixed-methods in language program evaluation as seen in the professional literature and then through a practical example of an evaluation that benefited from the use of mixed methods. Despite the great amount that has been written in favor of mixing methods in all social science research, (e.g., Bergman, 2008a; Cronbach, et al., 1980) reports of actual examples are currently in small number in the professional literature especially in the context of language program evaluation (Caracelli & Greene, 1997; Cronbach et al.,1980; Weiss, 1998). The report of this evaluation, which contains the extent to which methods were mixed and the benefits of that mixing of methods for the evaluation, is presented in response to calls for such writing.
Pages/Duration: 46 pages
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