A mixed methods research design for bridging the gap between research and practice in construction safety

Patrick ZOU, Riza Yosia Sunindijo, Andrew Dainty

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    This paper reviews the construction safety literature in order to explore the extent to which the knowledge generated by research considers the situated nature of safety learning and, therefore, addresses the needs of industry practice. The research methods adopted in 88 construction safety articles published by five highly-ranked international journals and one international conference proceedings were evaluated. The analytical results show that nearly half (43.2%) of the safety papers used quantitative methods while about a quarter (23.9%) applied qualitative methods and very few (9.1%) adopted mixed methods research. The remainder was review or conceptual papers. The implications of the research methods adopted in the 88 papers are discussed in terms of their relationship with the kinds of safety knowledge, safety learning processes, and safety management practices that they inform and/or generate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)316-326
    Number of pages11
    JournalSafety Science
    Volume70
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    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    ZOU, Patrick ; Sunindijo, Riza Yosia ; Dainty, Andrew. / A mixed methods research design for bridging the gap between research and practice in construction safety. In: Safety Science. 2014 ; Vol. 70. pp. 316-326.
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    In: Safety Science, Vol. 70, 2014, p. 316-326.

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