A paper I have written with Judith Schoonenboom and Burke Johnson was published this week. It’s open access an you can find it here.
In the mixed methods literature over the past 25 years, purposes of mixing have typically been treated as characteristics of an overall mixed methods design. However, many purposes operate on a within-study basis rather than applying to the entire study. Furthermore, in perhaps the majority of studies, researchers rely on multiple purposes of mixing. For example, an explanatory-sequential design will often include more purposes than just “explanation.” Some purposes are identified at the beginning of the study, and other purposes emerge during the conduct of the study. We demonstrate how multiple purposes are identified and incorporated into a design by examining a published research study (Glewwe, Kremer, & Moulin, 2009). We emphasize that all mixed methods research (MMR) authors need to be explicit about the multiple “mixed methods purposes” operating in a research study. Following this recommendation will help MMR become more sophisticated about mixing and integration, and it will increase the transparency of our research.