Conclusion - From Mixed-Methods Research to a Journal Article - Conference Proposals and Article Types

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From Mixed-Methods Research to a Journal Article
Conference Proposals and Article Types

In work with living things, hybridization is a major mechanism for reducing flaws and producing hardier stock. Plants, for example, are cross-pollinated in the hopes of capturing the best attributes of each. New plants are produced that have greater resistance to pests or diseases, resilience under different growing conditions, or higher crop yields per acre. However, there are no guarantees. Some of the anticipated goals may not be achieved and the hybrid plant could turn out to have other, more serious limitations. Mixed methods research has similar risks and rewards. Ideally, it propels the field forward but it also can become mired in complexity and fail to deliver on its promise. Without a doubt, blending the two research paradigms requires a research skills, high level conceptualization and strength in scholarly writing.

At its best, mixed methods research is an intellectual and practical combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies that is designed to address complex research questions more extensively and more completely (Morse, 2010). This third research paradigm aims high and attempts to generate “the most informative, complete, balanced, and useful research results” (Johnson, Onwuegbuzie, & Turner 2007, p. 129). A mixed methods research study can lead to insights that cannot be obtained from a qualitative or quantitative research alone (O’Cathain, Murphy, & Nicholl 2007a, 2007b). Above all, mixed methods researchers need to generate a well-written report that reflects “the highest standards of ethical practice both with respect to human participation and with respect to the execution of professional conduct and judgment in research” (AERA, 2006, p. 39).


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