The use of mixed methods models and designs in the human sciences: Problems and prospects

S. I. Miller*, J. L. Gatta

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Abstract

The article explores some of the emerging issues in the newly developing area of Mixed Methods (MM) research. Two of these issues concern the possibility of whether MM can provide for both "diverse" and "severe" testing. Based on a model of Placeholder Effects and utilizing an example of current empirical research, it is concluded that certain varieties of MM are potentially more robust than others in fulfilling the diverse and severe criteria. It is also argued that MM must concern itself with formulating "procedural rules" which guide the researcher in choosing and applying appropriate strategies for specific research problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)595-610
Number of pages16
JournalQuality and Quantity
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Diverse and severe testing
  • Epistemological link
  • Placeholder effects
  • Procedural rules
  • Triangulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Social Sciences(all)

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