Rosaline Barbour draws on her extensive teaching experience to provide a clear, user-friendly introduction to the craft of doing qualitative research. Each chapter includes examples of real-life qualitative data and a range of exercises to help students get a feel for the process of generating and analysing qualitative data.

Mixing Methods

Aims

  • This chapter will equip the reader to make appropriate decisions regarding the design of mixed methods studies.
  • In particular, it will aid the researcher to capitalize on the possibilities of mixing methods, by suggesting helpful combinations in terms of the relationship between methods and their sequencing (whether this involves combining qualitative and quantitative methods or different approaches to generating qualitative data).
  • It will help the mixed methods researcher to anticipate challenges and to take appropriate steps to minimize problems while maximizing the potential for useful comparison.
  • Some recommendations are also provided with respect to mixing disciplinary backgrounds and expertise of research team members.

Introduction

Earlier in this book it was argued that investing in the ‘creation myth’ of qualitative research may be unhelpful. This is because such ...

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