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Mixed Methods Research Design

Explore what you believe is or are the biggest challenges for a researcher who wants to use a mixed methods strategy of inquiry.
Determine which kinds of research questions would be served by a mixed methods strategy of inquiry and explain why.
Indicate why you believe that more researchers are using a mixed methods strategy of inquiry.
Describe the extent to which a mixed methods strategy of inquiry is used in your discipline.

With these thoughts in mind:

In a 2-to 3-paragraph response that includes an answer to the question:

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

Mixed methods just simply has me confused and I am not sure where to take this.

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Dear Student,

Hi and thank you for using Brainmass. The solution below should get you started. In this particular task, you are asking for help in discussing mixed methods research. I understand how this can be confusing as they are the combination of 2 very different methods. The key is to not over think it in a way where you expect that the principles of both have to 'mash' together in the research so completely. The key is to think of each method as a box each of very different tools used for a similar purpose with specific outcomes. Mixed methods is like getting bits and pieces from each box to out together another set of tools that can do elements of both - but not all. Think of the research that mixed methods do as that subject of research that can be best studied if measured as well as described in great detail. Now, I suggest using this simple outline:

1. About mixed methods - 100 words
2. Challenges - 100 words
3. Research Questions that can be asked (use examples) - 150 words
4. Popularity and field application - 100 words
Make it simple and to the point. The resources listed can be useful to delve into the method further. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

Sincerely,
AE 105878/Xenia Jones
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On Mixed Methods

In human sciences, we often turn to 2 main methods of investigation - qualitative and quantitative methods. Both follow the scientific form of inquiry but differ in their purpose and data utilised with qualitative aiming to explore and understand the phenomenon by using text data and quantitative aiming to measure the phenomenon by using numeric data. There are subjects of study though that require not just exploring the quality of ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of the mixed methods approach. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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