The Importance Of Mixed Methods Research

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Introduction Mixed methods research (MMR) is frequently used in social, behavioral and health sciences. It is becoming increasingly popular and is recognized as the third major research approach in relation to quantitative and qualitative research. Over the past 30 years, a significant amount of controversy has surrounded how MMR is defined and conceptualized (Johnson, Onwuegbuzie, & Turner, 2007; Mayoh & Onwuegbuzie, 2015). In the past decade, scholars have examined various perspectives in an effort to define core characteristics, conceptualize domains, and demarcate philosophical assumptions. The most widely accepted key components of a mixed methods study include; collecting analyzing and integrating quantitative and qualitative data; organizing procedures into a logical research design; and framing the procedures in theory and philosophy (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2018; Creswell & Tashakkori, 2007a; Johnson et al., 2007; Mayoh & Onwuegbuzie, 2015). Philosophical foundation of mixed methods research The Philosophical foundation of MMR shapes the processes and manner of investigation. Philosophical assumptions also called world views are beliefs and values about knowledge that informs research (Creswell & Plano Clark, 2018). There are four philosophical assumptions that inform mixed methods research. Postpositivism is usually associated with quantitative research. It focuses on cause and effect thinking; variables that interrelate; detailed observations; and testing and
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