BY DAY 4
Post your response to the question, “To what extent is mixed methods research simply taking a quantitative design and a qualitative design and putting them together?” Next, explain the types of research questions best served by mixed methods research. Then, explain one strength and one limitation of mixed methods research. Finally, provide a rationale for or against the utility of mixed methods research in your discipline.
Be sure to support your Main Issue Post and Response Post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA Style.
Read a selection of your classmates’ postings.
• Johnson, R. B., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2004). Mixed methods research: A research paradigm whose time has comeLinks to an external site.. Educational Researcher, 33(7), 14–26.
• Collins, K. M., & O’Cathain, A. (2009). Introduction: Ten points about mixed methods research to be considered by the novice researcherLinks to an external site.. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, (1), 2–7.
• Burkholder, G. J., Cox, K. A., Crawford, L. M., & Hitchcock, J. H. (Eds.). (2020). Research designs and methods: An applied guide for the scholar-practitioner. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
o Chapter 8, “Mixed Methods Designs and Approaches”
Mixed methods research is not simply taking a quantitative design and a qualitative design and putting them together. Rather, it involves a comprehensive approach that allows researchers to gather and analyze data from both quantitative and qualitative methods in a manner that allows for triangulation, complementarity, and expansion of the research questions. According to Johnson and Onwuegbuzie (2004), mixed methods research is a research paradigm whose time has come, and it provides opportunities to enhance the research process by enabling researchers to draw on the strengths of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Mixed methods research is best suited for research questions that require a comprehensive understanding of the research problem. The types of research questions that are best served by mixed methods research include those that require both quantitative and qualitative data, those that require a deep understanding of the research problem, and those that require a comprehensive understanding of the research context (Collins & O’Cathain, 2009). Mixed methods research is also useful when the research question requires an understanding of the complexity and diversity of the research problem, and when the research question requires a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between variables.
One strength of mixed methods research is that it allows researchers to gather and analyze data from multiple sources, which enhances the validity and reliability of the research findings. The use of both quantitative and qualitative data provides a more comprehensive understanding of the research problem than either method alone. Additionally, mixed methods research allows researchers to address the limitations of one method with the strengths of the other method.
One limitation of mixed methods research is that it can be time-consuming and resource-intensive. Combining quantitative and qualitative data requires a significant amount of planning and coordination, which can be challenging. Additionally, the use of multiple methods can increase the complexity of the research process, making it more difficult to analyze and interpret the data.
In my discipline, which is psychology, mixed methods research can be useful in many ways. For example, it can be used to explore the relationship between psychological variables and social, economic, or cultural factors. It can also be used to study complex psychological phenomena that cannot be fully understood through quantitative or qualitative methods alone. However, the utility of mixed methods research in psychology depends on the research question and the specific research design being used. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider the research question and the strengths and limitations of each method before deciding to use mixed methods research.