LCT in mixed-methods research: Evolving an instrument for quantitative data



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Maton, K. & Howard, S. K. (2016). LCT in mixed-methods research: Evolving an instrument for quantitative data. In K. Maton, S. Hood & S. Shay (Eds.), Knowledge-building: Educational studies in Legitimation Code Theory (pp. 49-71). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.


A mantra of social science declares a fundamental divide between the quantitative and the qualitative that involves more than methods. According to this depiction,the two methodologies are intrinsically associated with a range of ontological,epistemological,political and moral stances. Each of these constellations of stances is strongly integrated,such that choice of method is held to involve a series of associated choices. Each constellation is also strongly opposed to the other,along axes labelled positivism/constructivism, scientism/humanism,conservative/critical,old/new,among others. These ‘binary constellations' (Maton2014b: 148-70) offer a forced choice between two tightly-knit sets of practices that are portrayed as jointly exhaustive and mutually exclusive. So widespread is this methodological binarism that many scholars ‘are left with the impression that theyhave to pledge allegiance to one research school of thought or the other' (Johnson and Onwuegbuzie 2004: 14)

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