About this Research Topic
Since then, the number of publications, scientific meetings and other activities devoted to the mixed methods approach has increased exponentially throughout the world. At a substantive level, we are pleased to see that a growing number of fields are generating mixed methods research, and we are eager to assist in promoting this trend. But, naturally, the field has experienced some growing pains: a certain degree of heterogeneity in terms of approaches, differences of opinion regarding certain conceptualizations (for example, mixed methods vs. multimethods), numerous design taxonomies, multiple ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative elements, and various positions on how best to overcome the enduring lack of symmetry between qualitative and quantitative aspects. The methodological and substantive spectrum is vast and broad, possibly because the mixed methods approach has become “obligatory” for much research, not only in psychology but in practically all branches of the social sciences.
The quality of mixed methods studies in psychology published to date is highly variable, and this aspect is extraordinarily important. However, current validity criteria for mixed methods research are mostly general, and there is no obvious way to translate them to psychological research. Consequently, it is essential that we study the quality of mixed methods research in psychology and develop some means for measuring it and not least because due to the rapid growth of this mode of research, the meaning of the term mixed methods has sometimes been lost in the shuffle. Overall, at this critical juncture, we must establish methodological order and introduce guidelines and protocols to support new researchers and anyone else who wishes to conduct this sort of research.
The goal of this Research Topic is to publish studies whose methodological approaches include, as a central element, aspects related to the Gordian knot of mixed methods and which also incorporate secondary—but no less important—elements such as dataset transformation, analytical techniques and data integration, as well as studies in which systematic observation is used as a mixed method in itself, etc. Moreover, we will apply the requirements with great rigor and it will not be enough for authors to simply state that a study uses mixed methods; they must demonstrate that it actually does. To be accepted, articles must contain some sort of conceptual, methodological or application-related contribution.
This Research Topic is dedicated to the memory of Pr. Angel Blanco-Villaseñor, University of Barcelona, Spain, who passed away in May 2020. His contributions to the academic community and the field of Observational Methodology and Theory of Estimation through Generalization will be deeply missed. His dedication, passion, and expertise have impacted many students and scholars, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations. Pr. Blanco-Villaseñor was one of the editors for our earlier research topic on Mixed Methods: Best Practice Approaches for Mixed Methods Research in Psychological Science .
Types of manuscripts accepted: Original research, technological proposals, theoretical contributions, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, perspectives.
Keywords: Symmetry, Quantitizing, Qualitizing, Record Transformation, Qual-Quan Integration
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