An Introduction to a “Mixed” Way of Thinking
This chapter describes the lay of the land of mixed methods. Whenever possible some illustrative examples are used from published, peer-reviewed sources. This chapter does not go extensively into the mixed methods paradigm debate, as these discussions can be found in other sources. Moreover, in the spirit of introducing a “mixed” way of thinking, the chapter begins with a discussion of the difference between method and methodology for both quantitative and qualitative research. Next it offers and frames a definition of mixed methods research in social work, complete within the context of a social justice framework. The chapter ends with an outline for the nine steps for mixed methods research in social work.
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