Toward Best Practices in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed- Method Research: A Social Justice Perspective

  title={Toward Best Practices in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed- Method Research: A Social Justice Perspective},
  author={Ruth E. Fassinger and Susan L. Morrow},
Various research methods can be appropriate for social justice aims. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method approaches offer different kinds of strengths in advancing a social justice agenda. This article recaptures and expands upon the ideas presented by the authors of this special issue, recommending best practices in research for social justice in the following areas: (a) cultural competence and the role of the researcher(s); (b) formulating the focus of the research; (c) selection of… 

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