Doing Mixed Methods Research

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When researchers propose a mixed methods study, most of them think of mixed methods as a parallel or sequential use of qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis, while the 'more adventurous' (Bazeley, 2003a; p. 387) refer to a full integration of these two approaches. We believe that Bazeley (2003a) and Fielding and Schreier (2001) offer a useful framework for thinking about mixed methods research. They suggest two approaches to mixed methods - a basic approach to method combination and 'hybrid' or inherently integrated methods. This chapter follows that framework and first outlines a basic qualitative - quantitative design where both components remain as two separate components in the mixed methods research. The discussion then moves to explain a full integration of the methods which can occur on a number of levels and is facilitated by the use of computer software (Bazeley, 2006).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearching Practice
Subtitle of host publicationA Discourse on Qualitative Methodologies
EditorsR. Ajjawi
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherSense Publishers
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789460911811
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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