Learning Objectives

  • Review the history of mixed methods and explain the appeal of this approach.
  • Define “multitrait-multimethod matrix” and describe the rationale for its use.
  • Describe both positions in the “paradigm wars” and present an argument for one.
  • Explain the philosophy of pragmatism and its relevance for mixed methods.
  • Identify in a table or diagram the major features that distinguish the four major types of mixed methods.
  • State at least one reason for the use of each major type of mixed method.
  • Define “triangulation” and explain its value.