The personal, interpersonal, and social contexts of mixed methods research are discussed more explicitly than in other mixed methods books. Chapters 2 – 10 include specific advice for applying the field of mixed methods research to the reader's own research practices. Issues and Debates sections identify the current debates in the field of mixed methods research about each topic. Application questions prompt readers to apply chapter content to their own mixed methods research practice and encourage them to grapple with the complexities of the field. In-chapter learning aids, including Learning Objectives, Chapter Key Concepts, and Key Resources, help readers master key concepts and ideas.

What is Mixed Methods Research?: Considering How Mixed Methods Research is Defined

When you first heard the words mixed methods research, you probably asked, What is it? Similarly, the field of mixed methods research has been grappling with how to define mixed methods from its beginning as well. Today the field encompasses a rich (and often bewildering) landscape of terminology and perspectives that have resulted in a variety of ways to define and think about mixed methods research. Although these many definitions can be perplexing at times for those new to mixed methods research, in the end they serve to enhance the breadth and inclusiveness of the field in important ways. Therefore, it is helpful to consider the nuances of how mixed methods ...

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