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Designs of Mixed Method Research

Designs of Mixed Method Research
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Author(s): Amir Manzoor (Bahria University, Pakistan)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 27
Source title: Mixed Methods Research for Improved Scientific Study
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mette Lise Baran (Cardinal Stritch University, USA) and Janice Elisabeth Jones (Cardinal Stritch University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0007-0.ch005

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Abstract

Mixed methods research is becoming an increasingly popular approach in the discipline fields of sociology, psychology, education and health sciences. Calls for the integration of quantitative and qualitative research methods have been advanced in these fields. A key feature of mixed methods research is its methodological pluralism, which frequently results in research which provides broader perspectives than those offered by mono-method designs. The central premise of mixed methods is that the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches in combination provides a better understanding of research problems and complex phenomena than either approach alone. The purpose of this chapter is to review designs of mixed methods research. The study surveys the common designs of mixed methods research and examine the main characteristics of each in terms of purposes, strengths, and issues, and posits suggestions on the application of these designs.

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