ArticleA Trojan Horse for Positivism? A Critique of Mixed Methods ResearchGiddings, Lynne S. PhD, RGON, MN; Grant, Barbara M. PhDAuthor Information School of Nursing, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology (Dr Giddings); and the Centre for Professional Development, University of Auckland (Dr Grant), Auckland, New Zealand. Corresponding author: Lynne S. Giddings, PhD, RGON, MN, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health & Environmental Sciences, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand (e-mail: [email protected]). We are grateful for feedback from the Young and Restless Scholars Writing Group (The University of Auckland), Claire-Louise McCurdy for passing her editorial eye over the manuscript, and the academic women who attended the Tauhara Writing Retreats (Taupo, Aotearoa, New Zealand) between 2003 and 2005 who patiently listened to and commented on our developing ideas and musings on mixed methods research. Advances in Nursing Science: January 2007 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 52-60 Buy Abstract Mixed methods research is captured by a pragmatically inflected form of postpositivism. Although it passes for an alternative methodological movement that purports to breach the divide between qualitative and quantitative research, most mixed methods studies favor the forms of analysis and truth finding associated with positivism. We anticipate a move away from exploring more philosophical questions or undertaking modes of enquiry that challenge the status quo. At the same time, we recognize that mixed methods research offers particular strengths and that, although it serves as a Trojan Horse for positivism, it may productively carry other paradigmatic passengers. © 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.