Mixed-methods design in biology education research: Approach and uses

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Abstract

Educational research often requires mixing different research methodologies to strengthen findings,better contextualize or explain results,or minimize the weaknesses of a single method. This article provides practical guidelines on how to conduct such research in biology education,with a focus on mixed-methods research (MMR) that uses both quantitative and qualitative inquiries. Specifically,the paper provides an overview of mixed-methods design typologies most relevant in biology education research. It also discusses common methodological issues that may arise in mixed-methods studies and ways to address them. The paper concludes with recommendations on how to report and write about MMR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberrm5
JournalCBE life sciences education
Volume15
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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