Paradigm Shift in Research: Emergence of Mixed Methods Research Design

  • Nabaraj Neupane Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Keywords: concurrent, embedded, multiphase, sequential, transformative


Between the lines of quantitative and qualitative inquiries, mixed methods research, which has taken a considerable space in academia, has emerged as a promising design as a mark of paradigm shift from pure method to the hybrid one. In this context, this article aims to explore the phenomenon of the mixed methods research design in terms of reasons for use, historical developments, types, and assessments. To achieve this goal, document analysis method has been used. Only the secondary sources like books, journals and archives have been used for documenting information and making meaning from them. The conclusion is that mixed methods research design has been a current practice for many reasons in academia. This implies that the new paradigm should profusely be used in the field of research at universities and research centers.


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Author Biography

Nabaraj Neupane, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Dr. Nabaraj Neupane is a Reader (Associate Professor) in English Education at Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He is a teacher trainer and the President of NELTA Gandaki Province, Pokhara. He has been honoured with Nepal Vidhyabhusan Ka by Nepal Government. To his credit, more than four dozens of articles have been published in different journals from home and abroad. He has also published books, edited journals, translated literary texts, and presented papers in national and international conferences. His professional interests include Research Methodology, Translation Studies, SLA, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, and Use of ICT in ELT.