Choosing a method: What is your question?

Frances K. Stage, Kathleen Manning

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This chapter discusses the origins of and paradigm associated with mixed methods research. It reviews the steps necessary for conducting mixed methods research and concludes with a discussion of challenges in conducting mixed methods research and issues that remain within the mixed methods community. In the explanatory sequential mixed methods design, priority or emphasis is placed on the quantitative (QUAN) data collection and analysis. The social justice mixed methods design includes a theoretical framework that scaffolds the mixed methods design. In the convergent mixed methods study, researchers conduct the qualitative (QUAL) or quantitative (QUAN) strands at the same time. The chapter then discusses the various definitions provided and numerous typologies that illustrate the inconsistencies in mixed methods. It also provides an introduction to what has become known as the third research methodology. Finally, the chapter discusses the challenges in conducting mixed methods research and issues that remain to be addressed by the mixed methods research community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in the College Context
Subtitle of host publicationApproaches and Methods
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781317580102
ISBN (Print)9781138824768
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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