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The Importance of Qualitative Methods in Mixed Methods Studies

The Importance of Qualitative Methods in Mixed Methods Studies
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Author(s): Jacquelynne Anne Boivin (Bridgewater State University, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Pages: 17
Source title: International Journal of Adult Education and Technology (IJAET)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Viktor Wang (California State University, USA), Judith E. Parker (Columbia University, USA) and Geraldine Torrisi-Steele (Griffith University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/IJAET.2021040101


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This article presents a thorough review of the literature dedicated to learning more about mixed methods research design. Explanatory sequential mixed methods studies and exploratory sequential mixed methods studies are the two types of mixed methods research design models that this article presents in detail. To contextualize different ideas related to research design, the author provides examples of research studies that exemplify different research designs falling within mixed methods. The main objective of this article is to highlight the important role that qualitative research design plays in mixed methods research. Such a presentation of the literature aims to argue that qualitative data substantiates quantitative data as a means to heighten the regard to which qualitative methodology receives.

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