CHAPTER 3: RESEARCH DESIGN
The purpose of this triangulation mixed methods study is to understand student
use and determine the impact of Web 2.0 technologies for Spanish college students at a
methodology developed to answer the research questions. The researcher will triangulate
quantitative and qualitative data as well as the participants to provide a comprehensive
analysis of the research problem (Punch, 1998). Quantitative studies focus on
measurements and amounts of the characteristics displayed by people or events while
qualitative studies involve the description of characteristics, organizations, communities,
people, and events (Thomas, 2003).
The convergence triangulation mixed-methods research study allows the
researcher to combine the strengths of quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry
while simultaneously compensating for the known weaknesses of each approach
(Creswell, 2003; Punch, 1998). Equal emphasis will be given to quantitative and
qualitative data. This design will allow the researcher to separately collect both forms of
data, maintaining the independence of the data analysis during the study, and then
integrate the information in the interpretation of the final results (Creswell, 2005).