Mixed method research
Mixed method is a research paradigm that is growing in popularity. It uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods in a single study. Mixed method research seeks to build on the strengths and reduce the weaknesses of both approaches. Like pure qualitative and quantitative research, mixed method studies need to be systematically planned. While mixed methods research utilises some of the steps of the research process of qualitative and quantitative research, it also has some unique considerations that need to be understood by both the researcher and the reader. Mixed method designs can be classified by the sequence in which the qualitative and quantitative data are collected, the relative priority given to each method, the stage at which the qualitative and quantitative data is integrated and whether an overall theoretical perspective will be used to guide the research process. The mixed method researcher does not have to be constrained by pre-determined designs, but can creatively develop a research plan that will most effectively answer the specific research question that the study seeks to answer.