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DBER Group Discussion on 2013‐11‐14


Copyright (c) 2013 John Creswell


Mixed methods research is a rapidly expanding methodology in the social and human sciences in the US and around the world. In this presentation I will first define mixed methods research (combining both quantitative and qualitative methods of research) and discuss what it is and what it is not. Then I will review a brief history of its development, and why it is important today. I will discuss several of the scientific developments in mixed methods that have occurred over the last ten years, such as the specification of types of designs, the formation of mixed methods questions, and the use of innovative approaches to jointly display quantitative and qualitative results. Finally, I will talk about the future of this methodology ‐ where it is headed and some important worldwide developments that have encouraged mixed methods research.