Quality and Quantity

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 315–327

Numbers and words revisited: Being “shamelessly eclectic”

  • Gretchen B. Rossman
  • Bruce L. Wilson

DOI: 10.1007/BF01098947

Cite this article as:
Rossman, G.B. & Wilson, B.L. Qual Quant (1994) 28: 315. doi:10.1007/BF01098947


Despite the growing acknowledgement that complex social phenomena can be usefully understood through multiple methods of inquiry, there are few sound examples of mixed-methods research. This paper offers concrete examples from recent policy research in the United States about how qualitative and quantitative methods can be combined to better address complex research questions. Using a conceptual framework developed in 1985 and recently elaborated, we describe how, in both the design and analysis phases of research, combing methods can enhance the research purposes ofcorroborating, elaborating, developing, andinitiating understandings of social phenomena.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gretchen B. Rossman
    • 1
  • Bruce L. Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts at AmherstAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Research for Better SchoolsPhiladelphiaUSA

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