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7.4: Mixed Methods
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- Define sequence and emphasis and describe how they work in qualitative research
- List the five reasons why researchers use mixed methods
Sequence and emphasis
Why researchers use mixed methods
- Triangulation or convergence on the same phenomenon to improve validity
- Complementarity, which aims to get at related but different facets of a phenomenon
- Development or the use of results from one phase or a study to develop another phase
- Initiation or the intentional analysis of inconsistent qualitative and quantitative findings to derive new insights
- Expansion or using multiple components to extend the scope of a study (Burnett, 2012, p. 77).
A word of caution
- Mixed methods studies vary in sequence and emphasis.
- Mixed methods allow the research to corroborate findings, provide context, follow up on ideas, and use the strengths of each method.
- Emphasis- in a mixed methods study, refers to the priority that each method is given
- Sequence- in a mixed methods study, refers to the order that each method is used, either concurrently or sequentially