Mixed-methods research. The logic behind its design and the framework for its implementation (full text in Greek)

Gerasimina Kontogiannatou

Abstract


What initiates the investigative process is the concern of each researcher to find answers to the question that is up for discussion. In other words, the researcher is called on to organize the methodology that will help him examine the subject in the best and most reliable way possible. The methodology becomes part of the research procedure and consists of all the parameters (approximations, methods, techniques, material) that were used for the conduct of the research. However, what kind of methodology is considered as the most appropriate to meet the requirements of each researcher and for what reason? In this article an attempt is made to analyze the main reasons for which a researcher selects either qualitative or quantitative research methodology or even a combination of both. Finally, it is crucial to mention the sampling process. That is an integral part of research planning, since the selection of the sample affects the quality of the data as well as the research results. In the quantitative approach, the sampling aims to assemble a sample that represents the population it came from. That is not the case with the qualitative approach. Through numerous strategies the latter aims to detect cases that have the potential to produce the best possible information as well as in-depth study.

Keywords


Qualitative methodology, quantitative methodology, mixed methods, sampling, epistemology

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