Mixed Research Methods

Mixed Research is a type of empirical research method that

  • relies on both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • engages in quantitizing–the process of converting qualitative data into quantitative data
  • engages in qualitizing–the process of converting quantitative data into qualitative data.

either overlooks questions of objectivity vs. subjectivity and positivism vs. postpostivism or argues that it’s viable to balance between these perspectives or that justified truth lies in the shared boundaries of these positions.

of description Methodological Communities give to research studies that combine multiple research methods.

When investigators describe their methodology as using they typically mean they have gathered

The integrity of Mixed Research has been a hot topic of conversation and debate.

Mixed Research MethodsAims

Evidence
The primary focus, the substantive evidence for the study, includes an equivalent blend of quantitative and qualitative data.
Qualitative MethodsQualitative Methods are investigations that gather and interpret qualitative data (i.e., words) rather than numerical data (i.e., numbers and statistics).
Qualitative MethodsQualitative Methods are investigations that gather and interpret qualitative data (i.e., words) rather than numerical data (i.e., numbers and statistics).
  • developing knowledge claims based on texts, logical reasoning, dialectics, and empirical observations.
  • writing different versions of a study for multiple audiences and media.

Nearly all research studies mix methods a little bit. But the claim that a study represents Mixed Methods suggests the findings and implications of the study are based on multiple sources of evidence–and those sources of evidence include quantiative and qualiatative measures