Mixed Methods in Value Research: An Analysis of the Validity of the Russian Version of the Schwartz Value Survey (SVS) Using Cognitive Interviews, Multidimensional Scaling (MDS), and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)
The modern economy has only few decades of history in Russia. The family business being a basic economical foundation in countries with developed economies is a relatively new phenomenon in Russia. The main objective of the research is to describe the specifics of family business in the country with no succession tradition. For the research questionnaires and in-depth interviews were used. We have collect questionnaires from family business members and from experts, who provide consulting service for them. Results of the research are qualification of family business definition in the present Russian circumstances, and discovering uncommon process of simultaneous evolution of family culture together with organizational culture of the firm.
The results of psychometric validation of a model of in-group identification (Leach et al., 2008) in three Russian samples are presented. The theoretical model is hierarchically structured. It includes five components (individual self-stereotyping, in-group homogeneity, in-group solidarity, satisfaction with in-group, and centrality of in-group identity) that form two second order factors (self-definition and self-investment). The samples included members of a social group («students», N = 196), an ethnic group («Russians», N = 146), and a religious group («Orthodox Christians», N = 249). In study 1 different measurement models were compared for each sample using confirmatory factor analysis. The results support the hierarchical model with two second-order factors. The sets of items comprising each of the five in-group identification components have high internal consistency and discriminant validity. Study 2 focused on the validity of the new instrument in the ethnic group subsample using a number of Russian-language ethnic identity measures. The data indicate convergent validity of the new measure, indicating that its five scales tap into cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of identity with an ethnic group. The results of two studies show that the new Russian-language instrument based on the model of in-group identification has convergent and discriminant validity. Limitations of the study and future directions for the development of the instrument are discussed.
The paper exmines methodological reflection on current discussion about “third methodological movement” (or “third research community”) that supposes the combination of the qualitative and quantitative approaches to implement the multimethod research strategy for more comprehensive understanding of social phenomenon. The main steps on the development of the methodological movement, Russian translation of the term ‘MMR’ and current competitive classifications of the research designs are described. The perspectives are discussed in the last part of the paper.
The paper represents the way in which mind mapping operates for teaching process. It also demonstrates the application of formative assessment in mind mapping adopting for teaching and learning. Formative assessment is designed as a mixed methods research. It includes participant observation, questionnaire, and classroom discussions on students’ mind maps. Assessment feedback is considered as an important phase of new teaching method’s adoption for a master program. The paper contributes to the current literature by shifting the focus from students’ academic achievements to process of the method’s adoption; by discussing formative assessment approach to mind mapping. The results show costs and benefits of mind mapping for students and support appropriateness of formative assessment for mind mapping adoption. The ways to improve mind mapping process in the current context and directions for future research are discussed.