Mixed Methods Research Validity Types

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  • The production of defensible research is important in all types of research, including mixed methods research. Another label for “validity” in mixed methods research is “legitimation.” In mixed methods research, the researcher attempts to make inferences, called meta-inferences, from the qualitative and quantitative findings. We focus here on the nine validity or legitimation types provided by the mixed methods researchers Anthony Onwuegbuzie and Burke Johnson (2006). First, inside-outside legitimation refers to the extent to which the mixed methods researcher accurately understands, uses, and presents the participants' subjective-insider viewpoints and the researchers' “objective”-outsider viewpoints. Second, paradigmatic validity refers to the degree to which mixed methods researchers document and justify their philosophical or paradigmatic beliefs and practices in the research study. Third, commensurability legitimation refers to the ...

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