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Title: Using mixed methods in an essentially qualitative study: reflections on design and process in an education for sustainability context
Contributor(s): Kennelly, Julie Anne (author); Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid ; Jenkins, Kathryn Ann  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2007
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This paper reports on the methodological approach used to ascertain the views of teachers implementing the NSW Sustainable Schools Program. An assumption of the researcher was that teachers would interpret the Program according to their own beliefs and according to the context within which they worked. Of particular interest was the extent to which teachers' views were in keeping with underlying philosophical assumptions of the Sustainability Program. The research involved the use of mixed methods within an essentially qualitative approach. In-depth interviews with eight teachers provided the main source of data. This was supported by survey data for the purpose of identifying views amongst a wider sample. The details and limitations of the study design and its practical application are discussed. The methods employed in the study have implications for the usefulness of the recommendations that arise regarding ways teachers in NSW schools can be supported in environmental education.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, Australia, 8th - 11th August, 2006
Source of Publication: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research: Proceedings of the Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference, p. 184-197
Publisher: Australian College of Educators
Place of Publication: Deakin West, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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