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Change? What Change? An Exploration of the Use of Mixed-Methods Research to Understand Longitudinal Measurement Variance

Lensvelt-Mulders, GJLM and Boeije, HR and Lugtig, PJ (2011) 'Change? What Change? An Exploration of the Use of Mixed-Methods Research to Understand Longitudinal Measurement Variance.' Methodology: European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 8 (3). pp. 115-123. ISSN 1614-1881

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Abstract

A primary objective of panel studies is to analyze change. The same questionnaire is used to compare data recorded at various times. Panel designs assume that the meaning of the questions and the concept of interest are stable over time. Analyses of measurement invariance often show the contrary. A qualitative part supplementing a panel survey can help us understand this phenomenon. In this study, 261 first-year psychology students completed questionnaires about their study motivation on two occasions; we interviewed some students as well. The survey showed that study motivation is not invariant over time. The qualitative data converged with the quantitative outcomes and explained the lack of invariance by the students? overall transition during the first study year. We conclude that mixing quantitative and qualitative research methods for panel studies helps us understand change in constructs over time. We can study change at the macrolevel and better understand such change at the microlevel.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: measurement invariance; panel survey; mixed methods; study motivation; change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 14:51
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:38
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7158

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