Mixed Methods Research Design


Level of study: Career Based/Vocational

Many research questions can be answered by using either quantitative research methods or qualitative research methods. However, many other research questions are best approached by using a mixed methods design. This micro-credential will summarise the key aspects of quantitative and qualitative mixed methods, and use a number of example research projects to discuss how they can be combined to answer key social research questions.
Parallel mixed methods – Qualitative or quantitative research done separately with results compared at the end
Sequential or iterative mixed methods – Interaction between qualitative and quantitative research/researchers throughout (e.g. Use qualitative research to obtain understanding of issues; construct a survey instrument that integrates understanding; derive hypotheses and test using survey data)
Quasi-mixed methods – Culturally informed quantitative research/Empirically informed qualitative research
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion, enrollees will have the knowledge and skills to:
Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research methods
Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research methods
Critique existing empirical research based on the choice of methodology
Differentiate between research questions which rely on cross-sectional survey data, longitudinal survey data, and qualitative data
Design a mixed-methods research project on an important social research question
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This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

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