Pros and Cons

Pros:

Strengthens the weaknesses of both quantitative and qualitative research by combining them. Two ways of thinking creates stronger theory.

Provides more evidence than studying a research problem than either quantitative or qualitative research by themselves. Permissions are given to allow the use all of the tools of data collection available, rather than being restricted to the types of data for each research type.

Ensures the uestions are answered unlike those that cannot be answered by qualitative or quantitative approaches.

Encourages collaboration across between quantitative and qualitative researchers.

Encourages the use of multiple worldviews or paradigms rather than the typical paradigms for quantitative researchers and others for qualitative researchers. It also creates a paradigm that might encompass all of quantitative and qualitative research. research.

Mixed methods research is “practical” because it allows the researcher to use all or any methods possible to address a research problem.

Cons

Mixed methods research is not easy and can be very time consuming.

Collection and analyzation of both quantitative and qualitative data can also be confusing because of the amount of data.

Requires clear presentation to get maximum benefit out of study. Often times researchers only are familiar with only one type of research and can only explain that one.

Requires knowledge of both forms of data collection.