Chapter 8: A Quantitative Correlational Analysis That Really Should Have Been a Mixed Method Study
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol. II: Research Methodology, Second Edition


Research methodology is not always as ‘cut and dried’ as initially thought to be. Sometimes the type of participants, their job responsibilities, size of the organization, industry specialty, or just a lack of interest in the study may have an impact on the success of the research methodology. Researchers need to be prepared to ‘think on their feet’ and adapt to the situation presented, modify the approach, but stay in line with the specified method. This chapter presents an example of a study that met the requirements of a quantitative correlational analysis; but as the end results show, a mixed method study may have been the preferred approach. By reviewing the challenges overcome in this study, readers will be able to better determine their best overall research methodology at the start of the study and not be presented with challenges midstream.
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