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There are many research methodologies that serve as a blueprint for conducting a study. Qualitative methods are subjective and include descriptive, correlational, quasi-experimental and experimental studies. Quantitative methods are objective and considered primarily exploratory research. Using mix method research allows the researcher to accumulate a broader amount of data. There are both advantages and disadvantages when using mix method research.
-Allows the researcher to equalize out the possible weaknesses that each method would possess independently.
-Due to the ability to collect data that is all-inclusive, increasingly more supportive and comprehensive, it permits for a complete perspective to be collected and more validity to the results.
-Mixed method research also appeals to a larger demographic of people due to its use of both statistical data/numbers as well as perspective analysis.
-A decrease in researcher bias.
-Mix methods studies are complex to plan and conduct.
-Typically, a researcher specializes in either qualitative or quantitative and attempting to complete a study utilizing both methods could be a challenge for the researcher.
-It can be challenging to present the collected data to the population so that it easily understood and comprehensible.
Overview of Mixed Methods – Center for Innovation in … (n.d.). Retrieved November 14, 2018, from https://cirt.gcu.edu/research/developmentresources/research_ready/mixed_methods/overview
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