Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: May 31, 2012 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848607927 | Print ISBN: 9781412907804 | Online ISBN: 9781848607927| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 20: Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: A Pragmatic Approach
Lucy Yardley & Felicity Bishop
Mixing qualitative and quantitative methods: A pragmatic approach As qualitative methods have become more widely accepted and used in psychological research, interest has naturally grown in combining the use of these methods with the quantitative methods more commonly used in psychology over the past century. If both qualitative and quantitative methods are acknowledged as valid and valuable, it is not immediately obvious why combining them should pose any problems, or indeed should merit a chapter devoted to the topic. Ostensibly, it should be a simple matter of selecting and implementing whatever method can best address a particular research question. No books on quantitative research methods find it necessary to include a chapter on the problems associated with combining descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing in a single study, or an experimental design with questionnaire measurement! Moreover, it could be argued that there is at least as much diversity within the So ...