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Kolner Z Soz Sozpsychol. 2017;69(Suppl 2):107-131. doi: 10.1007/s11577-017-0454-1. Epub 2017 Jul 5.

How to Construct a Mixed Methods Research Design.

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Institut für Bildungswissenschaft, Universität Wien, Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Wien, Austria.
Department of Professional Studies, University of South Alabama, UCOM 3700, 36688-0002 Mobile, AL USA.


in English, German

This article provides researchers with knowledge of how to design a high quality mixed methods research study. To design a mixed study, researchers must understand and carefully consider each of the dimensions of mixed methods design, and always keep an eye on the issue of validity. We explain the seven major design dimensions: purpose, theoretical drive, timing (simultaneity and dependency), point of integration, typological versus interactive design approaches, planned versus emergent design, and design complexity. There also are multiple secondary dimensions that need to be considered during the design process. We explain ten secondary dimensions of design to be considered for each research study. We also provide two case studies showing how the mixed designs were constructed.


Design complexity; Methods of social research; Mixed methods; Mixed methods design; Mixing purpose; Point of integration; Qualitative methods; Quantitative methods; Research design; Timing of mixing

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