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Guseltseva M.S. Mixed methods of research in the light of the ideal of postnonclassical rationality

Full text in Russian: Гусельцева М.С. Смешанные методы исследований в свете идеала постнеклассической рациональности
Psychological Institute, Moscow, Russia

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Mixed methods and methodology in psychology and social sciences are considered. Conceptual framework of cultural-analytical approach allows us to represent elaboration of mixed research strategies in connection with development of the postnonclassical ideal of rationality in science and ideas of methodological liberalism and pluralism. The logic of science is manifested in movement from pure research lines to the mixed ones, from canons to improvisations, combination of scientific genres and scientific styles play. It is argued that mixed methods and methodologies are a particular case of multi-paradigmality (paradigm pluralism) as a principle of postnonclassical science. The problems of integration of scientific knowledge in this cognitive situation are discussed. It is suggested that intellectual isolationism is the brake to development of Russian psychology and that it is the postnonclassical ideal of rationality depriving the classical heritage and the trustworthiness of the canonical aureole that relieves psychological science for development. The paradox of the postnonclassical ideal of rationality manifests itself in the fact that the waiver of subject boundaries protection strengthens research positions, supports diversity (multeity) and makes scientific development more sustainable.

Keywords: methodology, mixed methods of research, cultural-analytical approach, ideals of rationality


The study was supported by the Russian Science Foundation, project 14-18-00598 «Patterns and mechanisms of positive socialization modern of children and teenagers».


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Received 24 May 2014. Date of publication: 31 August 2014.

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Guseltseva Marina S. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Leading Research Associate, Psychological Institute, ul. Mokhovaya, 9–4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Guseltseva M.S. Mixed methods of research in the light of the ideal of postnonclassical rationality. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2014, Vol. 7, No. 36, p. 5. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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