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PREST Practitioner Research and Evaluation Skills Training in Open and Distance Learning a Mixed research methods MODULE A5
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The PREST training resources aim to help open and distance learning practitioners develop and extend their research and evaluation skills. They can be used on a self-study basis or by training providers. The resources consist of two sets of materials: a six-module foundation course in research and evaluation skills and six handbooks in specific research areas of ODL. There is an accompanying user guide. A full list appears on the back cover. The print-based materials are freely downloadable from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) website (www.col.org/prest). Providers wishing to print and bind copies can apply for camera-ready copy which includes colour covers ([email protected]). They were developed by the International Research Foundation for Open Learning (www.irfol.ac.uk) on behalf of COL. The PREST core team Charlotte Creed (Programme coordinator) Richard Freeman (Instructional designer, editor and author) Professor Bernadette Robinson (Academic editor and author) Alan Woodley (Academic editor and author) Additional members Terry Allsop (Critical reviewer) Alicia Fentiman (Basic education adviser) Graham Hiles (Page layout) Helen Lentell (Commonwealth of Learning Training Programme Manager) Santosh Panda (External academic editor) Reehana Raza (Higher education adviser) Steering group The PREST programme has been guided by a distinguished international steering group including: Peter Cookson, Raj Dhanarajan, Tony Dodds, Terry Evans, Olugbemiro Jegede, David Murphy, Evie Nonyongo, Santosh Panda and Hilary Perraton. Acknowledgements We are particularly grateful to Hilary Perraton and Raj Dhanarajan who originally conceived of the PREST programme and have supported the project throughout. Among those to whom we are indebted for support, information and ideas are Honor Carter, Kate Crofts, John Daniel, Nick Gao, Jenny Glennie, Keith Harry, Colin Latchem, Lydia Meister, Roger Mills, Sanjaya Mishra, Ros Morpeth, Rod Tyrer, Paul West and Dave Wilson. In developing the materials, we have drawn inspiration from the lead provided by Roger Mitton in his handbook, Mitton, R. 1982 Practical research in distance education , Cambridge: International Extension College. Module A5: Mixed research methods Authors: Christine Spratt, Rob Walker and Bernadette Robinson. Critical reviewers: Terry Allsop, Richard Freeman and Bernadette Robinson. Copyright: CreativeCommons, with Attribution, Share-Alike, 3.0 ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ ) ISBN 1-894975-14-6 Permissions See the last page of the module.
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Contents Module overview ........................................................................................................ 1 About the authors ....................................................................................................... 2 About you ................................................................................................................... 3 Aims of the module .................................................................................................... 3 Module objectives ...................................................................................................... 3 Module organisation ................................................................................................... 4 Resources .................................................................................................................. 5 Unit 1: What are mixed methods? ............................................................................. 7 Unit overview .............................................................................................................. 7 Learning outcomes ..................................................................................................... 7 Introduction ................................................................................................................ 7 Defining mixed methods ............................................................................................. 8 Feedback to selected activities ................................................................................ 16 Unit 2: Mixed methods in practice ........................................................................... 17 Unit overview ............................................................................................................ 17 Learning outcomes ................................................................................................... 17 Introduction .............................................................................................................. 18 Examples of the uses of mixed methods ................................................................. 18 References ............................................................................................................... 23
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