Mark Alexander Williams

Modes of enquiry

by Mark Williams

Having set out my research proposal, I'm now thinking of shifting the 'focus' from focus groups to questionnaires. There exist two great surveys in the field already from [UCISA( and ECAR, but in the UK we also have the JISC/NUSBenchmarking Tool, which promotes good practice regarding 'digital capability'.

I'm thinking that by switching methods, the semi-structured survey will hopefully inform the focus group and or interviews. This line of thought reminded my of Leech and Onwuegbuzie's (2009) mixed methods typology and I think that my MA will eventually be of "Partially Mixed Concurrent Equal Status Design". This in effect means that the focus groups and surveys will have qualitative and quantitive elements and nether will be afforded priority.