Research Methods

Types of Mixed Research Methods

Types of Mixed Research Methods

Types of Mixed Research Methods

Some Common types are as follows:

Sequential Explanatory Method

Imagine you’re watching a movie and then discussing it with your friends to understand it better. This method is kind of like that. First, researchers collect numbers (like a survey) to find out what’s happening. Then, they follow up with words (like interviews) to understand why it’s happening. It’s like finding a treasure chest (the what) and then finding the key to open it (the why).

Sequential Exploratory Method

This is like being a detective, where you start with an open-ended investigation. You begin with detailed interviews or observations (the clues) to understand the situation deeply. Then, you use surveys or questionnaires (the evidence gathering) to see if what you think is true for more people. It’s like drawing a map based on stories from locals and then checking it with satellite images.

Sequential Transformative Method

Picture this as starting a journey with a specific purpose or mission in mind. The researcher has a goal (maybe to help a community or understand a social issue) and uses both numbers and words, but in stages, to achieve this mission. The order can be flexible, based on what the mission needs most.

Concurrent Triangulation Method

Now, imagine you’re trying to find the best route to a hidden waterfall. You might check a map and ask locals at the same time. In this method, researchers collect both numbers (like how many people visit the waterfall) and words (like what the locals say about it) simultaneously. Then, they compare the two to see if they point to the same path or if one gives better directions than the other.

Concurrent Nested Method

This is like embedding a small, detailed drawing within a larger painting. In this method, one type of data (words or numbers) plays a supporting role to the other within the same study. For example, a large survey (the painting) might include a few in-depth interviews (the detailed drawing) to give color to the bigger picture.

Concurrent Transformative Method

Think of this as starting your research expedition with a flag that represents a cause or a group of people you want to help. Here, you’re collecting both numbers and words at the same time, but your guiding star is the mission or the change you want to see in the world, based on the group or issue you’re supporting.

So, Mixed Research Methods are like using various exploration tools in your adventure to understand a mysterious island. By combining different methods, researchers can get a more complete map of the terrain, ensuring they don’t miss any hidden caves or secret paths that might be crucial to their quest for knowledge.