Mixing quantitative and qualitative research approach in social sciences - mixing methods or methodology?

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Sekol, Ivana and Maurović, Ivana 2017. Mixing quantitative and qualitative research approach in social sciences - mixing methods or methodology? Annual of Social Work. https://doi.org/10.3935/ljsr.v24i1.147
AuthorsSekol, Ivana and Maurović, Ivana
Abstract

While in the western world the mixed-methods approach in social sciences is becoming more popular, in Croatian social sciences mixed methods research is still scarce. This is probably due to the complexity of mixed-methods research and numerous questions related to it. The most common questions that researchers need to answer prior to conducting a mixed methods study are: 1) will my research mix methods or methodologies?, 2) if it will mix methodologies, and not only methods, which paradigm(s) and research design will I use?, and 3) is it at all possible to combine inherently different paradigms? The main aim of this paper is to examine whether there is a strategy to simplify the way the existing literature describes numerous possibilities of combining qualitative and quantitative research - especially in terms of the type of mix-method research and whether each type mixes methods or methodologies. Following a literature review on the characteristics of mixed-- methods approach, types of mix-method design and paradigmatic challenges, this paper proposes a simplified model of the existing possibilities for combining qualitative and quantitative research. The model argues that, depending on their research questions, all mixed-methods attempts can be divided into one of the two main categories: one that mixes methods, and the other that mixes methodologies. The proposed model offers a straightforward tool for planning a mixed-methods research.

Keywordsmix method approach, combining, methods, methodologies
Year2017
JournalAnnual of Social Work
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3935/ljsr.v24i1.147
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/624743
hdl:10545/624743
Publication dates01 Jan 2017
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Accepted2017
ContributorsUniversity of Osijek and University of Zagreb
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