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Implications of Mixing Methods: Balancing Paradigmatic and Validation Distinctives

Implications of Mixing Methods: Balancing Paradigmatic and Validation Distinctives
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Author(s): Preston B. Cosgrove (Concordia University Wisconsin, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Applied Social Science Approaches to Mixed Methods Research
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mette Lise Baran (Cardinal Stritch University, USA) and Janice Elisabeth Jones (Cardinal Stritch University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1025-4.ch001

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Abstract

Much like a jigsaw puzzle box top guides one in how to connect the pieces, a research paradigm operates as a conscious or subconscious influence in conducting a research project. The promise—and challenge—of mixed methods research is that it involves the use of two box tops, and this chapter discusses the subsequent implications on the researcher. The first effect is through the need to balance the paradigmatic distinctives, requiring the researcher to identify one of four broad ways to address the paradigm divide at the heart of qualitative and quantitative research. The second effect is through the need to balance the validation distinctives. Making research credible is an essential component of any study, and the issues magnify given the stark differences between qualitative and quantitative validity orientations. Both implications reveal the level of sophistication required for the researcher when conducting a mixed methods project.

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