From themes to hypotheses: following up with quantitative methods.

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Journal Article

One important category of mixed-methods research designs consists of quantitative studies that follow up on qualitative research. In this case, the themes that serve as the results from the qualitative methods generate hypotheses for testing through the quantitative methods. That process requires operationalization to translate the concepts from the qualitative themes into quantitative variables. This article illustrates these procedures with examples that range from simple operationalization to the evaluation of complex models. It concludes with an argument for not only following up qualitative work with quantitative studies but also the reverse, and doing so by going beyond integrating methods within single projects to include broader mutual attention from qualitative and quantitative researchers who work in the same field.

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Cited Authors

  • Morgan, DL

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 789 - 793

PubMed ID

  • 25857655

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25857655

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-7323

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1049732315580110

Language

  • eng