How to Conduct a Mixed Methods Study: Recent Trends in a Rapidly Growing Literature

Posted: 16 Jul 2011

Date Written: August 2011

Abstract

The present article selectively reviews the large number of recent studies that have been described as based on mixed methods. I begin by discussing a body of work that has emerged to promote mixed methods research across the social sciences. I then review and critique empirical studies in each of two general approaches to mixed methods: mixed data–collection studies, which combine two or more kinds of data; and mixed data–analysis studies, which combine two or more analytical strategies, examine qualitative data with quantitative methods, or explore quantitative data with qualitative techniques. I argue that, although mixed methods research is by no means new, empirical studies today combine methods in more diverse and, at times, innovative ways. Nevertheless, important methodological tensions will likely surface as the research becomes more self-reflexive.

Suggested Citation

Small, Mario Luis, How to Conduct a Mixed Methods Study: Recent Trends in a Rapidly Growing Literature (August 2011). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 37, pp. 57-86, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1886851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.soc.012809.102657

Mario Luis Small (Contact Author)

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