Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods A Pragmatic Approach

ISBN-10: 0761915230

ISBN-13: 9780761915232

Edition: 2014

Authors: David L. Morgan
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Description: This is a book about research design. In particular, it is about research designs for projects that collect both qualitative and quantitative data, so that their combined strengths will accomplish more than would have been possible with any one method. The approach presented here is broadly interdisciplinary, because Mixed Methods Research has interested social scientists from a great many fields, including: Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, Evaluation, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, and Urban Studies. Because this book emphasizes practical research designs, it will be most useful to practicing researchers -- including both students who intend to pursue such a career and those who already devote their energy to collecting and analyzing data. Whether you are a student or a more experienced researcher, you will learn how Mixed Methods Research gets done in the real world.

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List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034

David L. Morgan is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan and postdoctoral training at Indiana University. In addition to his widely recognized expertise in focus groups, he also has extensive experience with collection and analysis of survey data. His research interests center on pragmatic approaches to mixed methods research, with an emphasis on practical applications of research design.

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Logic of Mixed Methods Research
An Introduction and Overview
Chapter Overview
The Logic of Mixed Methods Research (Chapters 1 to 5)
An Introduction and Overview (Chapter 1)
Pragmatism as a Paradigm for Mixed Methods (Chapter 2)
Research Design and Research Methods (Chapter 3)
Motivations for Using Mixed Methods Research (Chapter 4)
The Sequential Priorities Model (Chapter 5)
Four Basic Designs (Chapters 6 to 9)
Preliminary Qualitative Inputs to Core Quantitative Research Projects (Chapter 6)
Preliminary Quantitative Inputs to Core Qualitative Research Projects (Chapter 7)
Follow-up Qualitative Extensions to Core Quantitative Research Projects (Chapter 8)
Follow-up Quantitative Extensions to Core Qualitative Research Projects (Chapter 9)
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Pragmatism as a Paradigm for Mixed Methods Research
Chapter Overview
Pragmatism as a Philosophical System
A Pragmatist Approach to Research
Research as Inquiry
Expanding Dewey's Model of Inquiry
Paradigms and Pragmatism
An Alternative Approach to Paradigms: Realism and Constructivism
Pragmatism as a Paradigm
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Research Design and Research Methods
Chapter Overview
Comparing Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Induction and Deduction
Subjectivity and Objectivity
Context and Generality
The Strengths of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Participant Observation
Qualitative Interviewing
Survey Interviewing
Experimental Interventions
The Status of Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Research
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Motivations for Using Mixed Methods Research
Chapter Overview
A Notation System for Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Three Basic Motivations for Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
Convergent Findings
Issues Related to Integration
Additional Coverage
Issues Related to Integration
Sequential Contributions
Issues Related to Integration
Comparing the Three Motivations
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
The Sequential Priorities Model
Chapter Overview
Sequencing and Prioritizing
Deciding on Priorities for Core and Supplementary Research Methods
Deciding on a Sequence for Core and Supplementary Research Methods
Overview of the Four Sequential Priorities Designs
Designs Based on Preliminary Inputs
Designs Based on Follow-up Extensions
Equal Priority Designs
The Sequential Priorities Model as a Final Step in Decision Making
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Reading
Four Basic Designs
Preliminary Qualitative Inputs to Core Quantitative Research Projects
Chapter Overview
Three Basic Uses for Preliminary Qualitative Input Designs
Qualitative Input Designs to Survey Research
Discovery as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Surveys
Development as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Surveys
Definition as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Surveys
Qualitative Input Designs to Program Interventions
Discovery as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Interventions
Development as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Interventions
Definition as a Purpose for Qualitative Inputs in Interventions
Additional Benefits of Qualitative Input Designs
Generating Hypotheses
Working With Research Participants
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Preliminary Quantitative Inputs to Core Qualitative Research Projects
Chapter Overview
Basic Uses for Preliminary Quantitative Input Designs
The Reliance on Small Ns in Qualitative Methods
The Reliance on Purposive Selection in Qualitative Methods
Using Quantitative Inputs to Select Sources by Defining Criteria
Using Quantitative Inputs to Select Sources for Systematic Comparisons
Using Quantitative Inputs to Select Sources With Specific Information
Using Quantitative Inputs to Select Sources to Develop Theory and Applications
Additional Benefits of Preliminary Quantitative Input Designs
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Follow-up Qualitative Extensions to Core Quantitative Research Projects
Chapter Overview
Basic Uses for Follow-up Qualitative Designs
Qualitative Follow-up Designs for Exploration
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Explore Results From Interventions
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Explore Results From Surveys
Qualitative Follow-up Designs for Investigation
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Investigate Results From Interventions
Targeting and Tailoring
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Investigate Results From Survey Research
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs for Illustration
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Illustrate Results From Interventions
Using Qualitative Follow-up Designs to Illustrate Results From Surveys
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Follow-up Quantitative Extensions to Core Qualitative Research Projects
Chapter Overview
Basic Uses for Quantitative Follow-up Designs
Testing Hypotheses With Follow-up Quantitative Methods
Testing Basic Hypotheses
Assessing More Complex Theories
Demonstrating the Greater Generality of Qualitative Results
Using Surveys to Demonstrate That Qualitative Results Are More General
A Further Possibility: Using Experiments to Demonstrate Greater Generality
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Additional Issues
Multipart Sequential Designs
Chapter Overview
Formats for Three-Part Designs
Alternating Designs With a Quantitative Core
Alternating Designs With a Qualitative Core
Managing the Complexity in Longer Sequential Designs
Process Evaluation and Dual-Track Sequential Designs
Research Programs as a Strategy for Extending Sequential Designs
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Finding the Expertise to Combine Multiple Methods
Chapter Overview
Individual Mastery as a Basis for Integrating Methods
Teamwork as a Basis for Integrating Methods
Multiple-Person Teams
Boundary Spanning as a Basis for Integrating Methods
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
Conclusions: Further Thoughts About Research Design
Chapter Overview
Conclusions
Summary
Discussion Questions
Additional Readings
References
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author
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