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Mixed Methods Research

Nancy Leech

in Education

ISBN: 9780199756810
Published online April 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756810-0074
Mixed Methods Research

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Mixed methods research refers to studies in which researchers utilize qualitative and quantitative techniques, integrate findings, and draw inferences from both the qualitative and quantitative components. Researchers have been conducting mixed methods research for decades, yet it has recently become more prominent as a form of inquiry. Researchers who conduct mixed methods studies are faced with many challenges such as definitions of mixed methods, mixed methods research designs, integration of qualitative and quantitative data, sampling techniques, and using mixed methods research to promote social justice, to name just a few. It is important to note that mixed methods research is a field of its own with unique techniques and methods. Quantitative and qualitative research fields are more mature and researchers have agreed upon designs, sampling techniques, and so on. Yet, there is not much agreement in the mixed methods field on many of these topics, and there are multiple ideas available regarding the different steps of the research process (e.g., there are many types of mixed methods research designs available to researchers). Indeed, there is consensus that this field is changing and growing. This situation presents researchers with various challenges. One such challenge is that conducting mixed methods research can be difficult because a researcher needs to have knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative techniques. One remedy for this is to work in teams. When conducting mixed methods research it is imperative for researchers to learn how to integrate the qualitative and quantitative strands so that the results from mixed methods research studies provide deep understanding of the phenomena under investigation.

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Subjects: Education ; Organization and Management of Education ; Philosophy and Theory of Education ; Schools Studies ; Teaching Skills and Techniques

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