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Chapter 23: Mixed Methods Approaches and their Application in Educational Research

Mixed Methods Approaches and their Application in Educational Research

Mixed Methods Approaches and their Application in Educational Research
Pamela Sammons Susila Davis

Introduction

This chapter discusses the use of mixed methods (MM) approaches in educational research and provides a brief review of methodological literature on MM in social research. It explores the growing popularity of MM to study complex educational questions and issues in the design of MM investigations. The chapter also discusses the arguments made to support the use of mixed methods as well as some of the potential problems that may be encountered.

Some of the main defining features of MM studies are explored, building on, and elaborating, discussions by Tashakkori and Teddlie (2003, 2010a). The way ...

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