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date: 15 October 2019

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This chapter aims to underscore commonalities and differences between multiple and mixed methods approaches to social inquiry, and to argue for maintaining the distinctions between these two inquiry traditions. Compared to a multimethod approach, a mixed methods approach offers (a) opportunities to mix at a method, methodology, and paradigm level; (b) a valuing of both consonance and dissonance; and (c) key opportunities for respectful conversations among different ways of knowing and different ways of valuing. In these ways, a mixed methods approach to inquiry is considered to have a broader reach and potential than a multiple methods approach. An extended example is offered to illustrate and support the conceptual arguments made.

Keywords: mixed methods approaches, method, methodology, paradigm, consonance, dissonance, respectful conversations

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