The final part of the Research Methods chapter covers the use of mixed methods in the context of sociological research and is split into three theoretically-discrete, but related, areas:
1. Methodological pluralism involves the idea of combining methodologies, methods and data types to arrive at a more-rounded, reliable and valid insight into social behaviour.
2. Types of Triangulation outlines how researchers can use different types of triangulation – specifically, methodological, researcher and data – as a practical way of improving research reliability and validity.
3. The final section look at a range of Practical. Ethical and Theoretical research considerations and how these relate to both choice of topic and method.
Although the chapter relates directly to the OCR Specification there should still be plenty here for teachers and students following other Specifications.