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Integrating quantitative and qualitative research: how is it done?

Integrating quantitative and qualitative research: how is it done? This article seeks to move beyond typologies of the ways in which quantitative andqualitative research are integrated to an examination of the ways that they arecombined in practice. The article is based on a content analysis of 232 socialscience articles in which the two were combined. An examination of the researchmethods and research designs employed suggests that on the quantitative sidestructured interview and questionnaire research within a cross-sectional designtends to predominate, while on the qualitative side the semi-structured interviewwithin a cross-sectional design tends to predominate. An examination of therationales that are given for employing a mixed-methods research approach and theways it is used in practice indicates that the two do not always correspond. Theimplications of this finding for how we think about mixed-methods research are outlined. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research SAGE

Integrating quantitative and qualitative research: how is it done?

Qualitative Research , Volume 6 (1): 17 – Feb 1, 2006

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1468-7941
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1741-3109
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10.1177/1468794106058877
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Abstract

This article seeks to move beyond typologies of the ways in which quantitative andqualitative research are integrated to an examination of the ways that they arecombined in practice. The article is based on a content analysis of 232 socialscience articles in which the two were combined. An examination of the researchmethods and research designs employed suggests that on the quantitative sidestructured interview and questionnaire research within a cross-sectional designtends to predominate, while on the qualitative side the semi-structured interviewwithin a cross-sectional design tends to predominate. An examination of therationales that are given for employing a mixed-methods research approach and theways it is used in practice indicates that the two do not always correspond. Theimplications of this finding for how we think about mixed-methods research are outlined.

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Published: Feb 1, 2006

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