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https://doi.org/10.3935/ljsr.v24i1.147

MIXING QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH APPROACHES IN SOCIAL SCIENCE - MIXING METHODS OR METHODOLOGY?

Ivana Sekol ; Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Education, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Osijek, Croatia
Ivana Maurović ; Department of Behavioral Disorders, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia


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Abstract

While in the western world the mixed-methods approach in social sciences is becoming more popular, in Croatian social sciences mixed methods research is still scarce. This is probably due to the complexity of mixed-methods research and numerous questions related to it. The most common questions that researchers need to answer prior to conducting a mixed methods study are: 1) will my research mix methods or methodologies?, 2) if it will mix methodologies, and not only methods, which paradigm(s) and research design will I use?, and 3) is it at all possible to combine inherently different paradigms?
The main aim of this paper is to examine whether there is a strategy to simplify the way the existing literature describes numerous possibilities of combining qualitative and quantitative research – especially in terms of the type of mix-method research and whether each type mixes methods or methodologies. Following a literature review on the characteristics of mixed-methods approach, types of mix-method design and paradigmatic challenges, this paper proposes a simplified model of the existing possibilities for combining qualitative and quantitative research. The model argues that, depending on their research questions, all mixed-methods attempts can be divided into one of the two main categories: one that mixes methods, and the other that mixes methodologies. The proposed model offers a straightforward tool for planning a mixed-methods research.

Keywords

mix method approach, combining, methods, methodologies

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185287

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https://hrcak.srce.hr/185287

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