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On the Mixed Methods Designs in Language Education Research

Yu Wei


With the broad application of mixed methods in social sciences, methodological designs in language education research
has grabbed growing attention from scholars. This paper examines the use of mixed methods in empirical studies on language
education from 2016 to 2020 in four International journals. Grounded on Creswell’s (2018) theory, the core design of the mixed
method is further illustrated, expected to render some methodological enlightenment for future linguistics and education researchers.


Language Education; Research Method; Mixed-method Design

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v6i15.5184