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Mixed Methodology Research
Monica R. Geist & Maria K. E. Lahman
Mixed methodology research incorporates both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Qualitative research methods provide detailed descriptions about phenomena and may include interviews, observations, and analyses of documents, records, artifacts, photos, and film. Researchers choose this methodology when they are interested in a rich narrative description with an abundance of deep detail. Quantitative research methods, on the other hand, include randomized experimental and quasi-experimental designs, surveys, written or oral assessments, and other standardized instruments with which responses can be measured on a numerical scale. Statistical procedures are then used to analyze the numerical responses. In mixed methods research, both qualitative and quantitative methods are used in data collection or data analysis in the same study. Mixed methodologists believe that this developing paradigm will be the dominant form of research during the 21st century. The type of methodology researchers use depends on their research perspective or paradigm. Scholarly conversations in this area ...