Mixed Methods

Institution: see Organisers & Acknowledgements

Programme of study: International Research Workshop

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Udo Kelle & Dr. Elke Goltz (Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg)

Date: Thursday, 02/10/14 from 09.30-18.00 h

Max. number of participants: 22

Credit Points: 5 CP for participating in the whole IRWS

Language of instruction: English


The course will give an overview about current debates regarding the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in social research and about the most important (agreed-upon and contested) issues in the field. We will discuss different forms of mixed methods, reasons for using such designs and criteria for the assessment of the quality of designs and findings from mixed methods studies. Since mixed methods designs are used to compensate for specific limitations of qualitative or quantitative (mono)methods special emphasis is laid on problems of qualitative and quantitative research –problems of operationalization and measurement, problems of statistical inference, of generalizability and sampling, of (causal) explanation, theory testing and theory generation, both in qualitative and quantitative research. We will demonstrate how such problems can be detected and dealt with in a mixed methods design. Finally, it will be shown how qualitative and quantitative findings from a mixed methods study can be meaningfully integrated and how convergent, contradictory and complementary findings can be dealt with.

Required basic knowledge: Basic knowledge and skills in social research methods and methodology (qualitative and quantitative) equivalent to the level of a Bachelor degree in a Social Science discipline

You have to register for the 8th International Research Workshop to participate in this course.