Designing a PhD proposal in mixed method research

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This chapter reviews the challenges and advantages of writing a mixed method research (MMR) proposal. The argument put forward is that a mixed method approach overcomes the short comings of the commonly used qualitative and quantitative methods. A brief definition of a research proposal is followed by a discussion on the different interpretations of a mixed method and what makes mixed methods ideal in the proposal example that follows. A mixed method can be either one that utilizes qualitative and quantitative methods to different degrees or it can be regarded as a distinct method by itself. A mixed method is suitable where both different types of data can be collected, when the data adds value to what would be achieved using one approach and where cost also justifies it. A hypothetical case example where an application is being made to conduct an evaluation of an anti-truancy program is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial research methodology and new techniques in analysis, interpretation, and writing
EditorsM. Rezaul Islam
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781522578987
ISBN (Print)9781522578970
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Religious and Cultural Studies (ARCS) Book Series


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