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Abductive inference the research process and mixed method studies

Lipscomb, Martin

Authors

Martin Lipscomb martin.lipscomb@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

Based upon a reading of the work of Charles Sanders Peirce (1839-1914) this presentation introduces and examines the role of abductive inference in the research process. It is proposed that qualitative research employs or embodies abductive forms of inference when generating, during data analysis, the themes, codes and categories that thereafter become study findings and, if this is the case, then the underexplored but problematic nature of abductive inference in belief formation and belief justification must be acknowledged. The implications of this argument for mixed methods research are developed. It is suggested that Peirce’s developed theory of scientific method supports mixed method work but that the nature of abductive inference in such work requires further consideration. The presentation aims to provoke and stimulate discussion in what has hitherto been a neglected subject area.

Citation

Lipscomb, M. (2011, June). Abductive inference the research process and mixed method studies. Paper presented at 7th International Mixed Method Conference

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 7th International Mixed Method Conference
Start Date Jun 29, 2011
End Date Jun 30, 2011
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords abductive inference, research process, mixed method studies
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : 7th International Mixed Method Conference




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