Practical And Theoretical Problems Of Qualitative And Quantitative

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Though there is a strong support in combining methodologies of both qualitative and quantitative in research, mixed-methods should be given more attention by researchers (Brannen, 2005). Therefore, this paper discusses the practical and theoretical problems in combining qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Theoretical Considerations
The most important issue or problem that arises in the theoretical part of combining both qualitative and quantitative methods is the definition of combined methods or mixed methods itself. Borkan (2004) defines mixed methods research as “those studies or lines of inquiry that integrate one or more qualitative and quantitative techniques for data collection and/or analysis” (p.4). On contrary, Sandelowski (2000) and Bryman (2006) suggest that the terminology of “mixed methods” is not as simplistic as it is.
According to Greene, Caracelli, and Graham in 1989 as cited by Johnson et al. (2007) identified the following five broad rationales of combined methods methodological studies- triangulation ( i.e. seeking convergence and corroboration of results from different methods studying the same phenomenon), complementarity (i.e. seeking elaboration, enhancement, illustration, clarification of the results from one method with results from the other method), development (i.e. using the results from one method with results from the other method), development (i.e. using the results from one method to help inform the other method), initiation…

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