The diversity of vantage points expressed by leading figures that shaped the development of mixed methods as a distinct methodology is often a source of both confusion and frustration to newcomers to the field. From conceptualizing a study through to conducting the analysis and drawing conclusions, each of the perspective highlights a different aspect of the research process. Another way to view the pluralism is as an indicator of the on-going vibrancy in this far-ranging community of scholars that extends across disciplines, content areas, and continents. My aim is to foreground the agency and innovation that the diversity of perspectives offers to researchers and practitioners as they enter the field and tailor their research to their own situated epistemology.
Dr. Elizabeth Creamer is Professor Emerita Educational Research and Evaluation in the School of Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (U.S), where she served in a wide variety of faculty and administrative roles. Creamer is a research methodologists who taught graduate level research methods courses for more than twenty years in mixed methods and qualitative approaches to grounded theory. Prior to that she was a faculty member in the Women’s Studies program, teaching courses in feminist research methodology and theory. She is the author of the 2018 SAGE textbook, An Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research that introduces a framework for mixing across all phases of the research process. Under contract with Routledge, she is in the process of writing a new textbook, Advancing Grounded Theory Development with Mixed Methods Research. Over the course of her 35-year career, Creamer authored 4 books or monographs, 127 journal articles and book chapters, and 95 conference presentations. She lead workshops about mixed methods in diverse settings, including in Vienna, Austria and Japan. Elizabeth is serving as the fifth president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).