Mixed Methods Research involves mixing of paradigms. Though some feel that it is problematic and unacceptable, some others claim that such unions may be helpful in carrying out research in more reliable and valid ways. I request you to share your thoughts regarding the above mentioned viewpoints. Thank you.
Pragmatism or critical realism are often mentioned as paradigms for mixed methods. The approach in pragmatism is that your research questions should determine the research method you adopt. Sage publish the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and there are some useful articles in there.
Since different philosophies usually make fundamentally incompatible assumptions about the social world, I find it difficult to bridge different paradigms and would say it is a problem, not a solution to anything.
As Ingo mentioned, mixing two divergent assumptions could be problematic, and overly confusing particularly to novince researchers. I am against blending two opposing assumptions on the philosophical level, but seems doable on the technical level (data collection techniques).
Have you read Chapter 10 of Tashakkori and Teddlie Mixed Methods in Social and Behavioral Research by Stephen Gorard? A very forthright opinion on the fakeness of paradigms (his opinion – not mine)..but an interesting viewpoint none the less.
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