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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

Abstract

PLASTOW, Nicola Ann. Mixing-up research methods: A recipe for success or disaster?. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2016, vol.46, n.1, pp.89-90. ISSN 2310-3833.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2016/v46n1a16.

The increase in the number of occupational therapists training and doing research at undergraduate and post-graduate degree level has led to an exciting growth in research capacity within our profession. My experiences of doing research and in supervising students have raised questions about which methodologies students should be able to apply at the beginning of their research careers. In this opinion piece I argue that concurrent mixed-methods research designs across more than one research paradigm are inappropriate for undergraduate and Masters-level research, because of issues with integration, transparency, and the time taken to develop the sufficient research expertise required for this methodology.

Keywords : Mixed-methods; study design.

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