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CHAPTER 3: RESEARCH DESIGN

Introduction

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

Midwestern

community

college.

This

chapter

will

focus

on

the

rationale

and

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).

Methodology

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).

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