Advances in Mixed Methods Research provides an essential introduction to the fast-growing field of mixed methods research. Bergman's book examines the current state of mixed-methods research, exploring exciting new ways of conceptualizing and conducting empirical research in the social and health sciences. Contributions from the world's leading experts in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches are brought together, clearing the way for a more constructive approach to social research. These contributions cover the main practical and methodological issues and include a number of different visions of what mixed methods research is. The discussion also covers the use of mixed methods in a diverse range of fields, including sociology, education, politics, psychology, computational science and methodology.

8 Method Mix, Technical Hex, and Theory Fix

Introduction: three jaunty theses and one daunting challenge

Thesis one: ‘Method mix’ is the new methodological Holy Grail. After years in their paradigmatic silos, social researchers have woken up to the discovery that society is multi-faceted, multi-layered and multi-perspectival. And, in order to begin to tame this hydra-headed beast, forms of inquiry are required capable of fusing the wayward forms of available evidence and uniting the current diversity of ...

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