Review: Janice M. Morse & Linda Niehaus (2009). Mixed Method Design: Principles and Procedures

Joakim Öhlen


Mixed method design related to the use of a combination of methods, usually quantitative and qualitative, is increasingly used for the investigation of complex phenomena. This review discusses the book, "Mixed Method Design: Principles and Procedures," by Janice M. MORSE and Linda NIEHAUS. A distinctive feature of their approach is the consideration of mixed methods design out of a core and a supplemental component. In order to define these components they emphasize the overall conceptual direction of the project in terms of the theoretical drive, which is either inductive or deductive. The synchronization of the two components is either performed simultaneously or sequentially. This review particularly highlights reflections of MORSE and NIEHAUS's approach related to the significance of considering the risk of validity threats in mixed methods design, issues regarding building mixed method design on the binary of inductive versus deductive designs, issues related to "theory," and trends in methodological development such as a tendency to focus on generic qualitative research.


methodology; mixed-method design; validity

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