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Moving from Tension to Texture: The Paradigmatic Roots of Mixed Methods Research

Moving from Tension to Texture: The Paradigmatic Roots of Mixed Methods Research
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Author(s): Preston B. Cosgrove (Cardinal Stritch University, USA) and Peter M. Jonas (Cardinal Stritch University, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 11
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.ch002

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Abstract

Much like a jigsaw puzzle box top guides one in how to connect the pieces, an individual's research paradigm operates as a conscious or subconscious influence in conducting a research project. This chapter starts by making the argument for the critical role of research paradigms before moving into a thorough investigation of the paradigmatic origins of the qualitative-quantitative “debate.” While mixed-methods research is often seen as the mediator in the dispute, the authors then articulate four broad ways in which mixed methods research addresses the paradigm divide at the heart of qualitative and quantitative research. The result is paradigmatically complex, but offers researchers flexibility as they seek to address their research question.

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