Mixed Methods Research

The CADRE Team

Mixed methods research, dating back to the mid- to late 1980’s (Creswell & Plano, 2011), is defined as “research in which the investigator collects and analyzes data, integrates the findings, and draws inferences using both quantitative and qualitative approaches” (Tashakkori & Creswell, 2007). In a recent CADRE newsletter, an article on mixed methods research drew a lot of attention. This, in turn, caught our attention, so we pulled together a few resources listed below.

There are a number of projects with funding from the DRK-12 program at NSF that are using a mixed methods approach, particularly in the area of mathematics education research. (Learn more about these projects.)

The efforts of several prominent working groups on mixed methods have resulted in these products:

SPENCER FOUNDATION
The Spencer Foundation funded Lois Weis (PI) and the Mixed Methods Working Group of scholars and foundations officers to address the topic of mixed-methods research in education.
Mixed Methods Working Group Description | Mixed Method Project Exemplars

NIH
The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) commissioned a resource that would provide guidance to NIH investigators on how to rigorously develop and evaluate mixed methods research applications.
Best practices for mixed methods research | Journal article reporting standards for qualitative meta-analysis and mixed methods research

IES/ US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
The Institute for Education Sciences convened a meeting to gather input both on technical assistance and resources that NCER and NCSER could provide to encourage high quality mixed methods research.
Meeting summary including suggestions for researchers | Related Teachers College Record commentary

Other resources include: