Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2010). Mixed-method designs. In G. M. Naughton, S. A. Rolfe & I. Siraj-Blatchford (Eds.), Doing Early Childhood Research: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (pp. 193-208). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.


This chapter critically examines the claim that early childhood researchhas become dominated by positivism, technicism and the reificationof dominant conceptions of quality Following Farquar (1999), thechapter considers the standards, stakeholder, postmodern and ecologicalapproaches to quality in early childhood education, arguing that to theextent that any paradigm may be considered dominant it would be onethat at times may be considered to embrace all four of these perspectives.Mixed-method approaches and perspectives also provide a meansof rising above the false dualities (of qualitative versus quantitative) andessentialisations characteristic of the 'paradigm wars'.