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Demonstrate your understanding of the nature of the three major research methods by describing and comparing the foundations of quantitative and qualitative research for the following element. Limit your response of each item to 100 words. Make sure to base your responses on at least two current scholarly sources, of which two are articles from peer-reviewed journals.

What are two rationales for using a mixed methods approach?

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Research Methods

In the social sciences there are 2 main research methods used - qualitative research and quantitative research. Both methods follow the scientific process but they differ in their purpose as well as the kind of data they seek. The quantitative process for example aims to measure, to quantify. hence the data and information it seeks are those that can do just that - descriptive statistics, models, correlations, charts and numerical expressions - all these are gathered via sampling, ...

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This week's readings provide an overview of various types of mixed methods research designs. As with previous discussions on design, the selection of the most appropriate mixed design is guided by the study's purpose and research questions and/or hypotheses. The choice of design links the research questions and/or hypotheses to the data that will be collected achieving alignment among research components.

In this Discussion, you will explore the basics of mixed methods research designs, calling upon your growing understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research.

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Post your response to the question, "To what extent is mixed methods research simply taking a quantitative design and a qualitative design and putting them together?" Next, explain the types of research questions best served by mixed methods research. Then, explain one strength and one limitation of mixed methods research. Finally, provide a rationale for or against the utility of mixed methods research in your discipline.

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