Although mixed methods research designs are relatively new, their use in social sciences studies has been quickly growing. The integration of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis in these designs effectively facilitates triangulation which offers a fuller account of the research problem and, thus, enriches a study’s conclusions. This article overviews the current ideas of mixed methods research designs. The discussion focuses on nature, rationales for use, types, and process of mixed methods research designs. To provide more vivid descriptions, the important design features are illustrated using some studies published in the EFL literature. The discussion ends with conclusions and recommendation.
Keywords: mixed methods, quantitative, qualitative, research designs, ELT
Research is generally viewed as an organized and systematic
process directed to discover new knowledge and/or to use existing knowledge in
a new and creative way to generate…
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