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Even though, as a research method, mixed methods approaches are different from qualitative and quantitative approaches, many of the same tools still apply. For example, if you’re collecting quantitative data, your sampling procedures must adhere to the rules and guidelines for studies of that type. Ideas such as using a small purposive sample for qualitative research and needing a large sample for quantitative research still hold true. Finally, while they are separate methodologies, in order to conduct a good mixed methods study, you should be very familiar with the components of both qualitative and quantitative research methods. In addition to the commonality of tools, the same philosophical underpinnings still apply; the paradigm you choose will be based on your axiology, ontology, and epistemology. To summarize all this, before you consider conducting a mixed methods study, ensure that: 1. You have a good overarching knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research. 2. You understand the assumptions underlying each research method. 3. You have a good working knowledge of the analytic procedures and tools related to both quantitative and qualitative research. 4. You have the ability to understand and interpret results from the quantitative and qualitative methods. 5. You are willing to accept and forego methodological prejudices from training in a prior discipline. 6. You understand the different disciplines, audiences, and appropriate studies where mixed methods are acceptable.
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