Multi-method Research

tekijä: Tanja Tuulikki Välisalo Viimeisin muutos tiistai 09. maaliskuuta 2010, 14.34


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You can analyse your chosen topic with several different methods of analysis of the same generic type, i.e. either qualitative or quantitative. This kind of research strategy is called multi-method research. If you use both qualitative and quantitative methods, that is mixed method research. If you apply just a single method of analysis to a research project, you may produce results giving only a limited understanding of a large phenomenon. You can adjust the research process by selecting several methods to analyse the chosen phenomenon. Multi-method analysis increases the possibilities of getting varied and extensive results.

You can use a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyse your data. This is a Mixed Method Analysis (a form of multi-method analysis). 

Read more on multi-method research from the links below:

Spratt, Christine, Walker, Rob ja Robinson, Bernadette, 2004. Mixed Research Methods. The PREST training resources. Commonwealth of Learning. (pdf)

Johnson, Burke R. ja Onwuegbuzie, Anthony J., 2004. Mixed Methods Research. A Research Paradigm Whose Time Has Come. Educational Researcher, 7:33. (pdf)

O´Cathain, Alicia, Murphy, Elizabeth and Nicholl, Jon, 2007. Why, and how, mixed methods research is undertaken in health services research in England: a mixed methods study. BMC Health Services Research, 7:85. BioMed Central.