EDEV_507 Week 9_3

Thank you for your clear explanation of your understanding of MMR. I have a question for you, though. You say;

“Mixed methods research is not intrinsically superior to single method or single strategy research” (Alexandrou, 2016);

then, in the same paragraph, you add;

“As all research projects have limited resources, MMR can dilute the research effort in any area by spreading resources” (Alexandrou, 2016).

I agree with the first quotation fully. But in your mind, does your juxtaposition of these two apparently contradictory statements imply that MMR may, in fact, be more dangerous than single method research?

Furthermore, the second quotation may be based on a false assumption. If, as Cohen, Manion and Morrison (2011) frequently assert, the research question is the guiding light for a research design, is it possible that if a project is in danger of being diluted, the actual research question may not be clearly articulated? Research must be feasible (Blaxter, Hughes, & Tight, 2006), and if a question requires an MMR approach, the timing, resources, technical skill and so on must be considered at the same time as how the question can be investigated. I fail to see how the effort can be diluted. Perhaps you can enlighten me?


Alexandrou, P. (2016, December 6). RE: Week 9 Using mixed methods [Online discussion post]. Retrieved from https://my.ohecampus.com/lens/home?locale=en_us#

Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., & Tight, M. (2006). How to Research (3rd ed.). Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education. Professional Development in Education (7th ed.). Abingdon: Routledge.

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