Expanding Methodological Boundaries in Nepal


A national two-day interactive workshop on “Mixed Methods Research: Expanding Methodological Boundaries” was organized at Kathmandu University School of Education in Nepal on June 20-21, 2019. The workshop was aimed at building the research capacity of faculty, researchers, students, and professionals in designing and implementing a mixed methods approach in their journal articles and graduate theses and dissertations. In a joint collaboration between the STAR Scholars Network and Kathmandu University School of Education, Dr. Krishna Bista, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Morgan State University, Maryland, and Dr. Prakash Chandra Bhattarai, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Kathmandu University, Nepal co-facilitated this workshop on the structured activities around mixed methods research. Invited 30 participants representing five universities and several affiliated colleges participated in the workshop. Ten among the attendees represented the institutions of higher education outside the capital city, Kathmandu. Both facilitators and participants involved in several mini group activities for writing, co-presenting and offering feedback related to methods articles, theses, and multidisciplinary applications.

“I used both quantitative and qualitative data points in my both master’s and MPhil’s thesis but did not know until now that systematically merging them is called “mixed methods. Now this workshop is really helpful in writing articles, and I’m further encouraged to write articles using mixed methods approaches.I am also hoping to utilize this network for collaborative work including peer-reviewing and writing for publication,” said Sunina Sharma, educator and researcher at Kathmandu University. Many participants reflected on the activities of both days and shared benefits of the event in their research and publication. Appreciating the student-centered learning activities of the research workshop, Tina Saud, a doctoral student in the School of Management reported, “I enjoyed participating very interactive two-day MMR workshop where I learned ideas and concepts more than that I explored in the coursework of MPhil and PhD programs. Most of my colleagues here in the workshop are teachers, and pedagogically this is an effective approach of teaching and learning even in our classes beyond the workshop and we can also do it” Rishikesh Dakal, another doctoral student shared his experience, “This workshop provided a peer-learning opportunity and how to apply it in our upcoming research activities.”

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“Mixed methods research, which enhances the strengths of qualitative and quantitative approaches of research, is emerging in social science inquiry. The workshop is hosted to contribute to the expansion of both knowledge and practice in the domain of mixed methods research in Nepal,”  said Dr. Prakash Chandra Bhattarai. Reflecting on the outcome of the event, he also added “This is a great opportunity for me to collaborate with Krishna Bista and learned new insight in the pedagogy of teaching mixed methods research, as I used to slip into lectures mostly.” 

Dr. Krishna Bista, also vice-president of educational services at STAR Scholars Network, elaborated on the expanding scope of mixed methods research. “It is expanding in multidisciplinary areas including medicine, psychology, education, engineering and so forth,” said Dr. Bista. He also expressed happiness over the opportunity to collaborate with Kathmandu University. “I am fortunate to collaborate with Dr. Bhattarai and the School of Education to co-facilitate the subject matters to the diverse participants in terms of geographical area and genre.” In the closing session, Prof. Dr. Mahesh Nath Parajuli, Dean of the School of Education, appreciated the participants for demonstrating passion in the expansion of the boundaries of research and knowledge contribution through mixed method research. He emphasized the importance of sharing ideas and personal experiences in pedagogy and urged the researchers and scholars to explore the paradigms of research methods.