Combination and Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

  • Philipp Mayring Universität Klagenfurt
Keywords: qualitative research, quantitative research, methodology, integration of methods, qualitative content analysis


In this paper, I am going to outline ways of combining qualitative and quantitative steps of analysis on five levels. On the technical level, programs for the computer-aided analysis of qualitative data offer various combinations. Where the data are concerned, the employment of categories (for instance by using qualitative content analysis) allows for combining qualitative and quantitative forms of data analysis. On the individual level, the creation of types and the inductive generalisation of cases allow for proceeding from individual case material to quantitative generalisations. As for research design, different models can be distinguished (preliminary study, generalisation, elaboration, triangulation) which combine qualitative and quantitative steps of analysis. Where the logic of research is concerned, it can be shown that an extended process model which combined qualitative and quantitative research can be appropriate and thus lead to an integration of the two approaches. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs010162


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Author Biography

Philipp Mayring, Universität Klagenfurt
Philipp MAYRING ist Professor für Pädagogische Psychologie am Institut für Pädagogische Psychologie und Soziologie der Pädagogischen Hochschule Ludwigsburg und Gastprofessor für Qualitative Methoden an der Universität Fribourg/Schweiz (vormals Gastprofessur für Qualitative Methoden Universität Klagenfurt und Universität Wien). Schwerpunkte neben den methodischen Arbeiten zur Qualitativen Inhaltsanalyse sind Entwicklungspsychologie (Arbeitslosigkeit, Pensionierung), Emotionsforschung (Wohlbefinden), Pädagogische Psychologie (Lernen und Emotionen) und Neue Medien (Evaluation virtueller Lehrveranstaltungen).
The Logic of Relating Qualitative and Quantitative Method