Mixed Methods Of Quantitative And Qualitative Data

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Mixed methods approach was implemented deliberately to gain quantitative and qualitative data. The integration of quantitative and qualitative data maximizes the strengths and minimizes the weaknesses of each type of data to ensure validity and reliability. The two forms of data collection were interviews and questionnaires. Mixed methods was chosen to gain better insight into the issue. This will help to compare, validate or triangulate results and in doing so may help to identify trends and outcomes, Plano Clark, (2010). Mixed methods research, is more than collecting qualitative data from interviews, or collecting multiple forms of qualitative evidence (e.g., observations and interviews) or multiple types of quantitative evidence (e.g.,…show more content…
The next stage of the process was to structure the order and flow of answerability. The aim of this journal is to assess attitudes of senior rugby players with regards to safety and performance during the tackle, therefore the researcher thought close ended questions would be most appropriate. Hendricks et al states ‘’Closed ended questions provide respondents with pre specified set of answers (items) and response categories,’’ (p.267). This in fact makes answering of the questionnaire less demanding for the subjects involved. Each question consisted of the question, and response categories.
A 5 point Likert scale was used to enable the researcher to measure the significance, frequency and size of each item. For measuring players attitude, subjects involved had to rate the significance of each question on the following scale: (1) not at all important, (2) not too important, (3) undecided, (4) somewhat important, (5) very important, ( Hendricks et al, 2011). To assess occurrence of training and training behaviour the following was used, (1) never, (2) rarely, (3) sometimes, (4) frequently, (5) always.
The finalised questionnaire enclosed 10 questions. The questionnaire consisted of 9 attitudinal questions based on their (players) opinions on tackling technique and methods used, with the exception of question 1 (how many times to you train in the week). Within this questionnaire players had to rate
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