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Mixed methods single case study research (MMSCR): challenges in WP evaluation

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posted on 21.01.2021, 10:28 by Roberts Zivtins, Timothy Jay, Robert Winston, Annalisa Alexander
Evaluating widening participation (WP) interventions is complex. Early efforts at WP evaluation were criticised for lacking rigour. These criticisms were accompanied with suggested approaches to research, typically favouring randomised control trials. Yet these recommendations have, in turn, become the focus of much discussion and debate within the WP evaluation sector.
This paper presents the use of a 'mixed methods single case study research' (MMSCR) study design to WP evaluation. It describes the work of a PhD researcher evaluating the school – university partnership science outreach programme between the Wohl Reach Out Lab at Imperial College London and a local secondary school.
The article highlights potential challenges when using MMSCR, namely in ensuring internal validity and trustworthiness of the study. Solutions to these challenges are presented and the case is made for broadening what is seen as meaningful research in the sector.

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning

Volume

22

Issue

2

Pages

225 - 237

Publisher

The Open University

Version

NA (Not Applicable or Unknown)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

© Zivtins, Roberts; Jay, Tim; Winston, Robert; Alexander, Annalisa, 2020. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 22, 2, 225-237, 2020, https://doi.org/10.5456/WPLL.22.2.225.

Publication date

2020-07-01

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1466-6529

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Tim Jay. Deposit date: 19 January 2021

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