Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Developmental Science: Uses and Methodological Choices

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Thomas S. Weisner, Ariel Kalil, Niobe Way

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Abstract

Multiple methods are vital to understanding development as a dynamic, transactional process. This article focuses on the ways in which quantitative and qualitative methodologies can be combined to enrich developmental science and the study of human development, focusing on the practical questions of "when" and "how." Research situations that may be especially suited to mixing qualitative and quantitative approaches are described. The authors also discuss potential choices for using mixed quantitative-qualitative approaches in study design, sampling, construction of measures or interview protocols, collaborations, and data analysis relevant to developmental science. Finally, they discuss some common pitfalls that occur in mixing these methods and include suggestions for surmounting them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-354
Number of pages11
JournalDevelopmental psychology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • mixed methods
  • qualitative
  • quantitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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