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The Nature of Research Methodologies: Terms and Usage within Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

The Nature of Research Methodologies: Terms and Usage within Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods
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Author(s): Ben Tran (Alliant International University, USA)
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.ch001

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Abstract

Mixed methods research is, generally speaking, an approach to knowledge (theory to practice) that attempts to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, positions, and standpoints. As such, before the advent of mixed methods, many studies used multiple methods to achieve the benefits of triangulation without restricting themselves to any paradigmatic membership or methodological category. Today, the primary philosophy of mixed research is that of pragmatism. This chapter will cover the history and the foundation of research methodologies and explain the purpose of research within various methodologies. This chapter will also explain the various terminologies used within research and research design as well as the meaning of these terminologies. This chapter will not cover statistics, however, mixed methods, methodology, research, and paradigm, statistical research methodology will be touched upon.

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