Mixed Methodology in the Field of Educational Research

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QUESTION 1 "With the development and perceived legitimacy of both qualitative and quantitative research in social and human sciences, mixed methods research, employing the combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches, has gained popularity." (Creswell, p. 203). Describe the development of mixed methodology in educational research. Discuss the steps that need to be taken to develop a viable mixed methods research study. Evaluate and justify the appropriateness of a mixed methodology research design for a study regarding teacher's and administrator's understanding, perceptions and experiences with homeless children. Reference: Creswell, J. W. (2009). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Abstract The purpose of this study is to explain the development of mixed methodology in the field of educational research. This analysis includes an overview of quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods research, a brief history of mixed methods research and the steps that are needed to develop a viable mixed method research study. It also includes an evaluation and justification of an appropriate mixed methodology research designed for a study regarding teacher's and administrator's understanding, perceptions and experiences with homeless children. Methodologies Plans and procedures for research that span decisions from broad assumptions to detailed methods of analysis and data collection are called research designs. In the event of studying a topic and completing research, one must decide upon a research design, which may also be called a research method or methodology. The three designs tha... ... middle of paper ... ...ualitative data, which will be collected and analyzed. Questions will be prepared for teachers, administrators and possibly homeless children or students that have been homeless. The best type of qualitative strategy to be used in this study will be grounded theory and or ethnography. The second phase of the study will consist of collected data from previous studies. Conclusion In conclusion, Mixed methods research is the type of research in which a researcher or team of researchers combines elements of qualitative and quantitative research approaches. There are a variety of strategies that can be used when preparing a mixed methods research. By using a mixed method, limited sets of questions are allowed and detailed data is possible. In consideration of educational research, any mixed method is acceptable

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