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Measuring transformation: a mixed-method-approach to the internationalization of education politics


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  • Nagel, Alexander-Kenneth
  • Bieber, Tonia
  • Jakobi, Anja P.
  • Knodel, Philipp
  • Niemann, Dennis


Despite of their methodological and practical significance mixed-methods-designs have so far largely been neglected by political science. In this working paper, we elaborate a mixed-methods-design combining qualitative methods, such as expert interviews and document analysis, and quantitative methods, such as network and regression analysis. This mixed-methods-approach is illustrated making use of an ongoing research project. After a detailed discussion of the respective strengths and weaknesses of the single methodical strategies applied we reconsider how their distinct logics can most fruitfully be intertwined to counterbalance their shortcomings and to pool their strengths. Here, we place special emphasis on the implementation timing and point to the particular advantages of concurrent implementation of methods over so called sequential designs. -- Trotz ihrer methodologischen und forschungspraktischen Bedeutung wurde die Anwendung von Mixed-Methods-Ansätzen in der Politikwissenschaft bisher weithin vernachlässigt. In diesem Arbeitspapier entwickeln wir ein Mixed-Methods-Design, das qualitative Methoden wie Experteninterviews und Dokumentenanalyse und quantitative Methoden wie Netzwerkanalyse und Regressionsanalyse miteinander verbindet. Wir veranschaulichen dieses Design am Beispiel eines laufenden Forschungsprojekts. Nach einer ausführlichen Diskussion der Stärken und Schwächen der einzelnen Forschungsstrategien gehen wir der Frage nach, wie ihre unterschiedlichen Logiken am besten verzahnt werden können, um Schwächen zu minimieren und Stärken zu bündeln. In diesem Zusammenhang gehen wir besonders auf das zeitliche Arrangement von Mixed-Methods-Designs ein und diskutieren die Vorteile einer simultanen gegenüber einer sequentiellen Gestaltung

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Paper provided by University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State in its series TranState Working Papers with number 83.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:sfb597:83

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  1. Bieber, Tonia, 2010. "Soft governance in education: The PISA study and the Bologna Process in Switzerland," TranState Working Papers 117, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State.
  2. Dobbins, Michael, 2009. "Transforming education policy in New Zealand: a case study analysis," TranState Working Papers 97, University of Bremen, Collaborative Research Center 597: Transformations of the State.


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