Mixed Methods Research

Bazeley, P. (2003). Teaching mixed methods

Two most suitable mixed methods for my research; explanatory research analysis and exploratory research analysis. For instance, i would prefer the exploratory research analysis. There are a few reason to differentiate between the two designs; either the weight is for qualitative approach or quantitative approach. But the researcher should expert in both of the research methods if they decide in applying the mixed methods research.Below are the brief comparison between the explanatory and exploratory design analysis;

Sequential Explanatory Strategy (separate stages)

  • Priority in 1st stage (QUANTITATIVE)
  • Collect & analyze QUANTITATIVE
  • Collect & analyze qualitative
  • Integrated during interpretation phase
  • May or may not have theoretical perspective
  • Purpose: use qualitative to assist in explaining and interpreting the QUANTITATIVE
  • Useful with unexpected QUANTITATIVE results – qualitative examines in detail
  • Strength: separate stages in design, description, reporting
  • Weakness: length of time b/c of 2 separate stages (esp if equal emphasis)

Sequential Exploratory Strategy (2 stages)

  • Priority in 1st stage (QUALITATIVE)
  • Collect & analyze QUALITATIVE
  • Collect & analyze quantitative
  • Integrated during interpretation phase
  • May or may not have theoretical perspective
  • Quantitative assists interpretation of QUALITATIVE
  • Purpose: explore a phenomenon (determine the distribution of a phenomenon within a chosen population); developing and testing new instrument (psychometrics)
  • Strength: separate stages in design, description, reporting
  • Weakness: length of time b/c of 2 separate stages; can be difficult to build from the QUAL analysis to quan data collection

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