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Challenges of Mixed Methods Research Designs

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To what extent is mixed methods research simply taking half a quantitative plan and half of a qualitative plan and putting them together? What are the challenges to using a mixed methods strategy of inquiry?

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One of the biggest challenges for a researcher who wants to use a mixed method strategy of inquiry, is how to effectively blend the quantitative methodology and the qualitative methodology in a manner that will bring about the most scientifically valid and reliable results. In addition, it may be challenging for the researcher to find an effective methodology by which to ascertain which quantitative methodology data ...