ERIC Number: EJ853033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
Enhancing the Interpretation of "Significant" Findings: The Role of Mixed Methods Research
Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J.; Leech, Nancy L.
Qualitative Report, v9 n4 p770-792 Dec 2004
The present essay outlines how mixed methods research can be used to enhance the interpretation of significant findings. First, we define what we mean by significance in educational evaluation research. With regard to quantitative-based research, we define the four types of significance: statistical significance, practical significance, clinical significance, and economic significance. With respect to qualitative-based research, we define a significant finding as one that has meaning or representation. Second, we describe limitations of each of these types of significance. Finally, we illustrate how conducting mixed methods analyses can be used to enhance the interpretation of significant findings in both quantitative and qualitative educational evaluation and policy research. Consequently, mixed methods research represents the real "gold standard" for studying phenomena.
Descriptors: Evaluation Research, Statistical Significance, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Educational Research, Economic Impact, Effect Size, Cost Effectiveness, Comprehension, Hermeneutics
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