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1 Using Mixed Methods in Studying Classroom Social Network Dynamics

Authors: Andrew M. Cox, Nashrawan Naser Taha

Abstract:

In a multi-cultural learning context, where ties are weak and dynamic, combining qualitative with quantitative research methods may be more effective. Such a combination may also allow us to answer different types of question, such as about people’s perception of the network. In this study the use of observation, interviews and photos were explored as ways of enhancing data from social network questionnaires. Integrating all of these methods was found to enhance the quality of data collected and its accuracy, also providing a richer story of the network dynamics and the factors that shaped these changes over time.

Keywords: Social Network Analysis, Mixed Methods, multi-cultural learning, social network dynamics

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