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Mixed-Method Approach Operational Paradoxes in Social Science Research: Views From the Authors

Mixed-Method Approach Operational Paradoxes in Social Science Research: Views From the Authors
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Author(s): Ngoako Solomon Marutha (University of South Africa, South Africa) and Maoka Andries Dikotla (University of Limpopo, South Africa)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 23
Source title: Handbook of Research on Mixed Methods Research in Information Science
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ngulube (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8844-4.ch013

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Abstract

This study sought to investigate common operational grounding for applying the mixed-method approach in social science research. This qualitative study used an open-ended questionnaire to collect data from various senior professionals or researchers, specifically those with a PhD qualification, to gather information about their understanding or views relating to the application of the mixed-method approach. Purposive sampling was used to select participants from different journal issues publishing library and information science-related research works, nationally and across the globe. The study discovered that various researchers in social science research have different views and use different approaches when implementing the mixed-method approach. The study recommended a common approach to implementing mixed-method research by means of a framework as a guideline on what constitutes the mixed-method approach and how to implement the approach.

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