Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

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Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

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Data collected from previously done research, existing research is summarised and collated to enhance the overall effectiveness of the research. Primary sources are "first-hand" information such as raw data, statistics, interviews, surveys, law statutes and law cases. Even literary texts, pictures and films can be primary sources if they are the object of research (rather than, for example, documentaries reporting on something else, in which case they would be secondary sources). The distinction between primary and secondary sources sometimes lies on the use you make of them (Cottrell, 2014, p123). Suitable when the phenomenon is relativelysimple, andcan be analysed according to identified variables. Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested modelsfor use when creating the syllabus for your course Fetters, Michael D. The Mixed Methods Research Workbook: Activities for Designing, Implementing, and Publishing Projects. 0 vols. Mixed Methods Research Series. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2020. https:// doi. org/10.4135/9781071909713.

An example of a mixed method dissertation outline is now included in the set of guidelines for reporting mixed methods research in a proposal, dissertation, or journal article.Through its unique focus on design and the diverse contexts in which mixed methods research is being applied, this Handbook prepares researchersfor the changing conditions in which they will conduct studies. Newcomers and seasoned mixed methods researchers alike will find this Handbook a go-to source for tools to think and act ‘complexively’ and creatively in research design. Using accessible language and illustrative examples,this Handbook is written for those with various roles and experience in mixed methods research design. Primary data are data (primary sources) you directly obtained through your empirical work (Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill 2015, p316).

The in-depth discussions led by theinterdisciplinary group of 11 internationally renowned editorial section leadsproject our collective thinking of mixed methods research design into the future across the following six sections: Describe all materials used for the study, including equipment, written materials and testing instruments.Sometimes one primary research method is not enough;thereforea mixed method isrequire, which can be even more time consuming. Quantitative methods can be difficult, expensive and time consuming (especially if using primary data, rather than secondary data). Questionnaires and surveys are useful to gain opinions, attitudes, preferences, understandings on certain matters. They can provide quantitative data that can be collated systematically; qualitative data, if they include opportunities for open-ended responses; or both qualitative and quantitative elements.

When undertakingmixed-methodsresearch you can collect the qualitative and quantitative data either concurrently or sequentially. If sequentially, you can for example,start with a few semi-structured interviews, providing qualitative insights, and then design a questionnaire to obtain quantitative evidence that your qualitative findings can also apply to a wider population (Specht, 2019, p138). Fetters, M. (2020). The mixed methods research workbook. (Vols. 1-0). SAGE Publications, Inc., https:// doi. org/10.4135/9781071909713 Interviews are useful to gain rich, qualitative information about individuals' experiences, attitudes or perspectives. With interviews you can follow up immediately on responses for clarification or further details. There are three main types of interviews:structured(following a strict pattern of questions, which expect short answers),semi-structured(following a list of questions, with the opportunity to follow up the answers with improvised questions), andunstructured(following a short list of broad questions, where the respondent can lead more the conversation) (Specht, 2019, p142).

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Secondary sources normally include the literature (books and articles) with the experts' findings, analysis and discussions on a certain topic (Cottrell, 2014, p123). Secondary sources ofteninterpretprimary sources. The methodology chapter should referenceyour use of quantitativeresearch, qualitativeresearchand/or mixed methods.The following is a description of each along with their advantages and disadvantages. Secondary data are data (primary sources) that were originally collected by someone else (Saunders, Lewis and Thornhill 2015, p316). Fetters, Michael D. The Mixed Methods Research Workbook: Activities for Designing, Implementing, and Publishing Projects. 0 vols. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2020. Sage Research Methods, Mixed Methods Research Series, 29 Nov 2023, doi: https:// doi. org/10.4135/9781071909713.

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