Integral Research as a Practical Mixed-Methods Framework: Clarifying The Role of Integral Methodological Pluralism
By Jeffery A. Martin
The mixed methods community could represent a significant opportunity to place Integral Theory at the very heart of the academy. Methodological communities often define what is and is not acceptable within academic research. Soon, the mixed methods community will need to move beyond designs involving a relatively small number of intra-study methods to larger intra- and intermethodological frameworks.
Integral Theory is well positioned to provide key portions of these needed frameworks and assume a more central role within the academy. This article begins by examining and clarifying some core definitional issues with Integral Methodological Pluralism and Integral Research. It next defines the current state of the mixed methods community and the opportunities provided. Finally, it discusses how Integral Methodological Pluralism and Integral Research are positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.
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JEFFERY A. MARTIN is currently a graduate student at California Institute of Integral Studies and Harvard University. His research interests include methodology, psychological effects on experimentation, and consciousness studies. Jeffery is the author, co-author, or co-editor of over 15 books and director of the Center for the Study of Intent.