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Each feedback post needs to be 400 words or more with 2 citations each, and should include information that helps to enhance the discussion on the topic. Do not include statements such as great work, or excellent post. Try to include info that is challenging and respectful and that will stimulate debate. Also, be mindful of including references and citations whenever citing facts to support your position. APA 6th edition citations and references must be used always!

Each feedback post needs to be 400 words or more with 2 citations each, and should include information that helps to enhance the discussion on the topic. Do not include statements such as great work, or excellent post. Try to include info that is challenging and respectful and that will stimulate debate. Also, be mindful of including references and citations whenever citing facts to support your position. APA 6th edition citations and references must be used always! POST 1 Mixed Methods Research (MMR) aims to define “new areas of inquiry within social science research methods”, as prior to MMR either qualitative or quantitative data was used (Bergman, 2015, 5). Bergman also points to a lax system of MMR language further confusing those who are used to singular methodology (Bergman, 2015, 5). Short hand symbols are introduced into MMR for convergent, sequential, embedded, recursive, and series methods (Creswell, 2014). Until this point, I was doubting my ability to consider MMR valid, scientific, or of use in the future for my specific topic. However, I am recognizing the symbols from reading other types of research, and this recognition is tying together the MMR methods. One method not yet discussed is the mathematical models, such as the R0 (pronounced r-not) used in public health to calculate the differential equations, or average diseased individuals spreading infections. Using MMR, the suggestion is to reach beyond “simplistic methods” where quantitative and qualitative methodology is provided (Bergman, 2011). My question is if the MMR methods are new, and up to the researcher with regard to integration within their research, how is a peer or repeated study to follow the mental rollercoaster another researcher imagines? Quite possibly, that is the point – to verify without the structure to somehow fortify the research if another can follow it. Different from traditional mapping, yet still plausible. Due to the confusion, or newness of MMR, we are instructed by Creswell to find a academic journal and replicate the set up and design so that an understanding to our work is established (Creswell, 2014). What?? Mimic other research structure to make sense of our own? While I appreciate thinking differently than others, I would request they follow my lead into a new pathway, rather than instruct them to read another’s methods which I copied. Back to not liking this again... As I stated earlier, my research is to safeguard the data connections to my first responders, service personnel, and agencies, so the validity of MMR may help confuse others, but my aim is to set new standards for first responders, so I will leave the math verification and peer-review to established friends of data, such as the NIH, CDC, or large academic institutions seeking to promote my researched and successful ideas. Again, I am the idea person. Arguments for MMR are to cross-validate or triangulate data, yet the weaknesses and expense in moving my research forward is too risky, given the health and wellness of those I wish to support (quickly). Extra time, confusion, and potential frustration is not what I seek as I attempt to persuade our wonderful government and agencies to redo how they care for our responders. POST 2 Traditionally, research has tended to fall into one of two approaches, either quantitative or qualitative. Researchers would opt to use one of the two approaches when collecting and analyzing data, neglecting the possible benefits that could come with the incorporation of the other. With the more recent growing acceptance of the mixed methods research (MMR), researchers are able to work with both quantitative and qualitative styles of research in order to tailor their methods to best suit their research needs. The mixed method approach rejects the “’either-or’ choices at all levels of the research process” and allows “practitioners [… to] select and then synergistically integrate the most appropriate techniques from a myriad of [qualitative, quantitative], and mixed strategies to thoroughly investigate a phenomenon of interest” (Teddlie and Tashakkori 2010, 7). Researchers may opt to use an MMR approach when their subject and data collected do not neatly fit into one category or the other. MMR allows the researcher to integrate the best part of both qualitative and quantitative methods into their project to completely investigate their topic. Teddlie and Tashakkori point out that MMR’s goal is not to simply cancel out negative aspects of quantitative or qualitative methods, but to actually build a stronger case for their conclusion by using the best aspects of both methods (2010, 11). If the researcher has the understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the time to seriously consider both throughout his or her research, MMR may be a good fit for his or her overall method. There are ongoing debates related to the use of MMR since it is still relatively new. The purist stance “states that paradigms […] play the leading role in determining how research studies are conducted” (Teddlie and Tashakkori 2010, 17). For the purist, a researcher could only conduct his or her research under one paradigm, such as constructivism or postpositivism. Others do not subscribe to the purist standpoint, and six other views are presented by Teddlie and Tashakkori. Some believe that paradigms are not important to MMR while others think that using multiple paradigms in a study may actually make it stronger by providing a more thorough understanding of the topic being investigated (Teddlie and Tashakkori 2010, 19-20). Of those who think that using multiple paradigms within a single study, some think they should be kept separate from each other to strengthen each argument, while others think that the differing offerings of each paradigm can build off of each other, sometimes through their differences, and as a result provide additional strength and understanding to the study (Teddlie and Tashakkori 2010, 20).

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Running head: RESEARCH METHODS

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Mixed Methods Research (MMR) is a way of conducting research which involves
incorporation of two research methods, qualitative, and quantitative research. In MMR, research
is carried out on a basis of the collection, analysis and analysis of data using tools such as
experiments, surveys, focus groups as well as interviews. Researchers adopted only one of the
two research methods depending on the research question before MMR was developed, (Teddlie,
2011). According to the article, there is the introduction of shorthand symbols into MMR for
sequential, recursive, embedded, series and convergent methods. This feature of MMR may be
the cause of people having doubts about the research method. Based on the post, reading
symbols from other research methods is helpful in recognizing the way to use MMR methods
together. However, there is no discussion of the mathematical models. For example, R0 which is
used i...

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