Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

The Mixed Methods Reader - a Book Review

Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

The Mixed Methods Reader - a Book Review

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The Mixed Methods Reader - a Book Review

The Mixed Methods Reader edited by Clark and Creswell, Sage 2008, ISBN 978-1-4129-5145-6 is an exceptional book and should be required reading for anyone who is interested in undertaking academic research using a mixed methods approach. Mixed methods to which an increasing number of academic researchers are resorting is generally poorly understood and few of those who claim to use it are competent.

In many cases mixed methods is seen as a refuge where those who refuse to take part in the methodological wars can shelter. In some cases the academic researcher will collect some qualitative and some quantitative data and process these independently of one another and then will claim to have used a mixed methods framework. When this is done, the claim is usually made that the researcher has used two different lenses through which to examine the research question and that this is what mixed methods is about.

Whilst it cannot be said that the approach of resorting to both quantitative and qualitative data is in any way valueless a more informed and integrated framework for the use of mixed methods makes the research more powerful.

Clark and Creswell provide an excellent overview of a number of important papers in the subject. They trace the need for mixed methods and they contextualise this approach and provide an accessible way of understanding its role and how it functions. …

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