Methodological challenges in multi-investigator multi-institutional research in higher education

Jillian Kinzie, Peter Magolda, Adrianna Kezar, George Kuh, Sara Hinkle, Elizabeth Whitt

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Methodological diversity has enriched higher education research. One area about which little is known is the dynamics of multi-investigator multi-institutional projects. This paper examines what happens inside a large-scale, team-based research project with an emphasis on decision points related to methodology and reporting results. Systematically reflecting on the tensions that emerged during one effort can give license to other investigators to openly discuss and manage more productively the decisions and struggles in their research and avoid pitfalls that could compromise the research endeavor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-482
Number of pages14
JournalHigher Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2007


  • College students
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Methodological challenges
  • Qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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