An Examination of the Philosophical, Ideological and Political Foundations of Mixed Methods Research

32 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2021

See all articles by Efrem Violato

Efrem Violato

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Centre for Advanced Medical Simulation

Claudio Violato

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Date Written: October 13, 2021

Abstract

Mixed Methods Research (MMR) has been identified as a third research approach in psychological research mixing both quantitative and qualitative methods. MMR’s foundational basis is “an intuitive way of doing research that is constantly being displayed throughout our everyday lives”. Extensive work by cognitive psychologists has shown that intuition is laden with cognitive heuristics or biases that are misleading in interpreting the world around us. MMR rests on an ideology of transformative, emancipatory, advocacy, social justice, and post-modernist positions. Advocacy and politicizing, however, biases research, making the outcomes untenable, unreliable, and not valid, rather working as tools of indoctrination. This undermines scientific objectivity. These positions are critiqued as non-sustainable in the world of modern science. Nonetheless, the idea of mixing data formats is a good one and researchers should employ all possible data (words, numbers, perceptions, etc.) that help build theory, address research questions, test hypothesis, and evaluate theoretical models.

MMR in psychological science can be improved with measurement as a foundation while eschewing intuition and transformative, emancipatory, and advocacy ideologies.

Keywords: Mixed Methods, Research Methods, Psychology, Medicine, Quantitative, Qualitative, Science

Suggested Citation

Violato, Efrem and Violato, Claudio, An Examination of the Philosophical, Ideological and Political Foundations of Mixed Methods Research (October 13, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3942113 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3942113

Efrem Violato (Contact Author)

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Centre for Advanced Medical Simulation ( email )

Claudio Violato

University of Minnesota - Minneapolis ( email )

110 Wulling Hall, 86 Pleasant St, S.E.
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
69
Abstract Views
395
Rank
615,869
PlumX Metrics