In this article, I reflect on the 2021 Asia Regional Conference of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA)/7th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Mixed Methods Research (JSMMR). The joint conference of the MMIRA and JSMMR was held on October 30 and 31, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the theme “Mixed Methods Research in the Era of Massive Social Change.” To offer a summary of the conference, I describe the new wave of mixed methods research (MMR) that I witnessed during the meeting. This was the second conference held online, following the 6th Annual Conference of the JSMMR in 2020. The main difference between the conferences in 2020 and 2021 is that the 2021 meeting was international. The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation, prompting a move into global virtual space. Accordingly, participants from five continents, including countries such as the United States, Germany, Austria, the Philippines, Malaysia, China, Nigeria, and Japan, gathered in virtual space to share their interest in MMR.
Mixed methods research continues to expand around the world, especially in Asian countries. In this article, I rely on my experiences working in the field of mixed methods for thirty-five years and watching its development and the new initiatives that countries have put into place. This paper builds on my keynote presentations at the Japanese Society for Mixed Methods Research given in October 2021. My overall purpose of this article is to encourage the continued expansion of mixed methods among the Asian countries. I first trace the historical development of mixed methods research, identify seven types of expansion activities that are both underway and can occur in the future in Asia (conducting webinars, increased international involvement, new book translations, support for Asian-specific journals, expanded training for students and visiting scholars, and international collaborations), and end with challenges to be faced by the Asian and international countries.
Filipinos slowly get themselves accustomed to doing mixed methods research. Their mixed methods-related efforts —from further research skills training to actual scholarly publication— seem to reflect self-run initiatives by these Filipino researchers. Across the archipelago, some institutions are promoting mixed methods. Multi-disciplinary Filipinos from dispersed communities and cities have also published mixed methods papers in indexed journals. These efforts remain undocumented and scattered. This commentary shares a running account of how Filipinos are doing mixed methods research, both outside and within the ambit of the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA). The paper is an expanded version of a panel session presentation at the 2021 Asia Regional Conference of MMIRA and the Japan Society for Mixed Methods Research (JSMMR).
This paper is about my story of learning and exploring mixed methods in abroad. So, the purpose of this paper is to provide readers with a catalyst and a guide necessary to participate in the journey of mixed methods. My story is mainly composed of two parts, that is, one is my doctoral program period at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the other is my senior visiting scholar program period at University of Michigan. Finally, this paper emphasizes that we should endeavor to find out diverse paths how we can reach to the potential of mixed methods in practice.