Integral Research as a Practical Mixed-Methods Framework

Clarifying the Role of Integral Methodological Pluralism

Published: June 1, 2008
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By Jeffery A. Martin

The mixed methods community could represent a significant opportunity to place Integral Theory at the very heart of the academy. The 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.

Where Is the Method to Our Integral Madness?

An Outline for an Integral Meta-Studies

Published: June 1, 2008
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By Mark Edwards

Integral metatheory does not currently employ any formal research method for developing or evaluating its frameworks, propositions, and knowledge claims. The purpose of this article is to show why this is an important issue in the future development of Integral metatheory and to contextualize the absence of a formal method within a general framework for describing an integral meta-studies. The importance of method is discussed within an integral cycle of learning model that shows why method plays such a crucial role in metatheory building and in scientific disciplines in general.

Integrally Researching Integral Research

Enactive Perspectives on the Future of the Field

Published: June 1, 2010
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By Nicholas H. Hedlund

In this article, Integral Research is engaged as both meta-methodological injunction and object of inquiry. My aim in doing so is to highlight ways in which applied methodological self-reflection might serve to 1) illumine areas of Integral Research in need of clarification and development, and 2) disclose provisional perspectives on, and thereby help to enact, the optimal evolution of the field.

Toward an Integral Approach to Standardized Testing

Using the Integral Model to Improve Test Performance and Evaluate Current Testing Methodologies

Published: June 1, 2010
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By Brooks Suttle

This article uses the Integral model and the eight zones of Integral Methodological Pluralism to explore the landscape of standardized testing. The main inquiry is centered around three elements: 1) what makes a particular student a “good tester,” 2) practices and methodologies that can contribute to higher scores, and 3) sociocultural concerns about the tests and the predominant role they play in the admissions process.

Developmental Experiments in Individual and Collective Movement to Second Tier

Published: June 1, 2010
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By Terri O'Fallon

This article describes seven years of research on an ongoing experiment that fosters the development of individuals and groups through an integrally informed educational program called Generating Transformative Change. A progressively targeted developmental action research project involving seven cohorts is described and the conclusions about three of these participant groups, involving a total of 30 people, are presented.

An Integral Inquiry into the Relationship Between Addiction and Emotional Intelligence

Published: June 1, 2010
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By Kathleen Grillo

This article examines the relationship between addiction and emotional intelligence using Integral Research. Six of the eight zones of Integral Methodological Pluralism are used in order to investigate the nature of this relationship.