Conflicting findings in mixed methods research: An illustration from an Israeli study on immigration

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Combining diverse methods in a single study raises a problem: What should be done when the findings of one method of investigation conflict with those of another? The authors illustrate this problem using an example in which three study phases - quantitative, qualitative, and intervention - are applied. The findings from the quantitative phase did not fit those from the qualitative phase; there were discrepancies within the qualitative phase itself, and the findings from the single-case evaluations of the intervention using standardized scales did not fit the findings derived from self-made scales. The authors explain these inconsistencies by way of the complementary approach: Conflicting findings should be integrated, and consistency is restored by admitting complexity in the phenomenon under investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-128
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Mixed Methods Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 24 Mar 2009


  • And intervention studies
  • Immigrant adolescents
  • Inconsistent findings
  • Mixed methods research
  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Single-case designs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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