Toward a Conceptualization of Mixed Methods Phenomenological Research

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Increasingly, researchers are recognizing the benefits of expanding research designs that are rooted in one tradition (i.e., monomethod design) into a design that incorporates or interfaces with the other tradition. The flexibility of phenomenologically driven methods provides one such example. Indeed, phenomenological research methods work extremely well as a component of mixed methods research approaches. However, to date, a mixed methods version of phenomenological research has not been formally conceptualized. Thus, the purpose of this article is twofold. First, we provide a philosophical justification for using what we call mixed methods phenomenological research (MMPR). Second, we provide examples of MMPR in practice to underline a number of potential models for MMPR that can practically be used in future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Mixed Methods Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • descriptive phenomenology
  • interpretive phenomenology
  • mixed methods phenomenological research
  • phenomenological research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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