ERIC Number: EJ1139510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Value of Mixed Methods Research: A Mixed Methods Study
McKim, Courtney A.
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v11 n2 p202-222 Apr 2017
The purpose of this explanatory mixed methods study was to examine the perceived value of mixed methods research for graduate students. The quantitative phase was an experiment examining the effect of a passage's methodology on students' perceived value. Results indicated students scored the mixed methods passage as more valuable than those who scored the quantitative or qualitative passage. The qualitative phase involved focus groups to better understand students' perceptions of the perceived value of mixed methods. Findings suggested graduate students view mixed methods passages as having rigorous methods, a newer history, and providing a deeper meaning of the phenomenon. This study adds to the literature base by revealing what value graduate students assign to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Educational Benefits, Graduate Students, Scores, Focus Groups, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys, Statistics, Attitude Measures, Research Methodology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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