Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

ISBN-10: 1412927927
ISBN-13: 9781412927925
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $53.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

"The text is well conceived, well written and timely. It provides a sound bases for establishing mixed-method research as a rigorous approach for advanced graduate students, evaluators and researchers. I predict it will become a classic."???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????N. Dale Gentry, "Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Idaho" "The most significant challenge today in social and behavioral research is how to combine qualitative and quantitative thinking in a way that helps us provide relevant insights and solve problems. This book takes an important step toward addressing this challenge."???Carol A. Chapelle, "Iowa State University"Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research, spearheaded by John Creswell--the author of the best-selling "Research Design" (now in its Second Edition), combines the latest thinking about mixed methods research designs with practical, step-by-step guidelines for the decisions that must be made in designing a mixed methods research study. "Mixed methods research" is defined as a procedure for collecting, analyzing, and mixing both quantitative and qualitative data in a single case study or series of studies and is becoming more common in studies across the social, behavioral, and health sciences as well as education. The book offers advice tailored to negotiating the demands and issues that arise when designing a mixed methods project. The recommendations offered focus on how to keep the project manageable for the beginning researcher while still ensuring quality research.Key Features: Offers a practical, how-to guide for designing a mixed methods study Presents examples fromactual, published mixed methods studies drawn across the social, behavioral, health, and education disciplines Incorporates activities and exercises for classroom use or for use by the researcher in preparing designs Contains a full glossary of terms for quick reference or as a study tool Illustrates designs using visual diagrams and flowcharts Goes through the entire research process (formulating questions, designing, collecting, interpreting, etc.) using four major types of mixed methods designs While much has been written about mixed methods from a conceptual and theoretical approach, this is the first book to deliver practical guidance about how to design a mixed method study. In additon, click here to learn about the "Journal of Mixed Methods," the upcoming journal edited by John W. Creswell and Vicki L. Plano Clark.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preface Purpose of This
Book Audience for the Book
Book Features
Acknowledgments
Understanding Mixed Methods Research
Purpose and Organization Clarifying Terms
What Is Mixed Methods Research?
The Importance of Mixed Methods Research
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Examining Preliminary Considerations Consider Worldview Stances
The Basics of Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Research Problems Addressed by Mixed Methods
Summary Activities Additional
Resources to Examine
Locating and Reviewing Mixed Methods Studies Searching for and Reviewing
Mixed Methods Studies
A Mixed Methods Notation System and Visual Diagrams
Four Examples of Mixed Methods Studies
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Choosing a Mixed Methods
Design Classifications of Mixed Methods Designs
The Four Major Types of Mixed Methods Designs
Selecting a Type of Mixed Methods Design
Implementing the Design
Decisions Writing a Paragraph to Identify a Study's Design
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Introducing a Mixed Methods Study Writing a Mixed Methods
Title Stating the Problem in the Introduction
The Purpose Statement Research Questions and Hypotheses
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Collecting Data in Mixed Methods Research
Procedures in Qualitative and Quantitative
Data Collection Data Collection in Mixed Methods Design
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Analyzing Data in Mixed Methods Research
Procedures in Quantitative and Qualitative
Data Analysis Data Analysis
With Mixed Methods Designs
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Writing and Evaluating Mixed Methods Research
General Guidelines for Writing Organize the Structure of the Writing
So That It Relates to the Designs Evaluating a Mixed Methods Study
Within Designs Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Questions Often Raised
About Mixed Methods Research Anticipate Mixed Methods Questions
What Is Mixed Methods Research?
Is Mixed Methods Research Accepted?
Is Mixed Methods Research Realistic?
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
Future Directions for Mixed Methods Research
Needed Developments in Mixed Methods Research
Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine
A Triangulation Design
An Embedded Design
An Explanatory Design
Appendix D. An Exploratory Design
References
Index
About the Authors

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