SAGE Journal Articles

Carefully-selected SAGE Journal articles expand upon chapter material, and accompanying exercises offer practice in applying the concepts.

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Article 1: Morgan, D. L. (2016). Living within blurry boundaries: The value of distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1-12.

Summary: Ultimately, we must learn to tolerate the blurry boundaries between qualitative and quantitative research, while appreciating the value this distinction has for mixed methods research.

Questions to Consider

  1. Morgan (2016) discussed the blurry boundaries surrounding QUAL and QUANT research. Is your topic one that should focus on a mixed method procedure?
  2. Morgan (2016) stated, “The bottom line is that MMR as a field depends on our ability to distinguish QUAL and QUANT methods by matching different strengths to different purposes in the design of mixed methods studies.” What are the purposes of your study? Do they align with your strengths of your design?

Article 2: Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2011). Advancing the study of violence against women using mixed methods: Integrating qualitative methods into quantitative research program. Violence Against Women, 17(2), 236-250.

Summary: This article describes a program of mixed methods research on women’s sexual victimization and highlights the synergy resulting from the simultaneous integration of these two different approaches. This hybrid, mixed methods approach has resulted in triangulation of quantitative and qualitative findings, novel insights, and testable hypotheses that have greatly enhanced our program of research.

Questions to Consider

  1. Why was a mixed method approach used for this topic?
  2. What are some of the challenges with a mixed methods approach?