What is it about?

This state-of-the-art paper provides a review of research paradigms (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods) as they relate to language teaching and learning. The paper also provides a review of the published papers on language teaching and learning that have used MMR and provides a classification of these research studies. The paper provides both theoretical and practical insights on how MMR can be used by language teaching and learning researchers.

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Why is it important?

Mixed-methods research (MMR) has been relatively widely used in other disciplines but starting to grow in language teaching and learning research. Though it's being used for language-related research, there have been some confusions. This paper is among the few papers in the field of language teaching and learning that provides theoretical and practical insights for researchers especially postgraduate students of how best to apply MMR to their research.


Using MMR in language-related studies is not just a matter of collecting and analysing some quantitative and qualitative data. While MMR is about mixing methods from the two research paradigms, this needs to be done according to some principles and even in innovative ways. I hope this paper helps language-related researchers come up with a coherent and systematic understanding of MMR and how it can be applied in research.

Professor Mehdi Riazi
Macquarie University

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This page is a summary of: Mixed-methods research in language teaching and learning: Opportunities, issues and challenges, Language Teaching, February 2014, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0261444813000505.
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