An Applied Reference Guide to Research Designs: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

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Students often struggle with conceptualizing the most appropriate research design, before they begin collecting data and answering their research question. This book presents quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research designs in education and the social and behavioral sciences using consistent terminology, and in a way that students can understand and apply in their own investigations. The book helps students conceptualize, construct, test, problem solve, and acquire knowledge, through a wealth of visual aids and real-world examples. It is an ideal text for coursework and also a reference in the field.

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Editorial Reviews

Online Information Review - Maryam Nazari & G.E. Gorman
'Using a wide range of visual aids (diagrams and visual models) and real-world examples, the authors provide readers with a self-contained package by which they can decide on what design to select for their study, and how to employ their selected design to address their research questions.

This book is recommended to those seeking to develop their understanding of research design and wishing to adopt appropriate designs to conduct credible research, particularly in the areas of the social and behavioural sciences. '

Daniel L. Stufflebeam
“This is a scholarly, useful presentation on research design. I applaud the book’s wide range of clearly defined research concepts.”
Ronald J. Chenail
“A clear and succinct overview of research designs. This guide provides an organized visual layout of the various designs and approaches used for research in qualitative methods.”
Paul E. Spector
“It is important to remember that it is the design and not the statistic that is the basis for inference, making the study of of vital importance, and this book is an invaluable resource for both social scientists and aspiring social scientists.”
Ralph E. Swan
“The array of approaches is impressively inclusive; an excellent guide for a student seeking a methodology.”
John L. Garland
“The strength of this text lies in its succinct go-to style. For me, it is like the APA Publication Manual in that it will be a resource for not only classroom learning, but also for faculty research and article review.”
Rebecca Keele
“The presentation of research scenario examples including design and probable statistical analyses is one thing often missing in general research texts. I also like the design and analyses depicted in pictorial/graphical format, which allows ease in understanding.”
Theodore D. Joseph
“The topics progress in a logical order although [it] allows flexibility to read stand-alone topics. It is a reference text that one can readily turn to and refer to as a guide.”
Peter M. Jonas
“The text does has two distinct strengths: it covers in depth a topic that needs to be addressed and few other books have this level of detail; and it does a very nice job of visually presenting various examples of research design. This text is both practical and useful for students.”
Betty Carter Dorr
“This text’s information is readily accessible and organized with great examples to guide students. The literature based examples are really helpful.”
Cynthia E. Winston
“It fills a huge void in the field of psychology in providing students and professors with a survey of research designs that are most appropriate to answering the many different and wide range of questions that students are now interested in pursuing.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452205090
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/17/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 723,621
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Alex Edmonds is currently a Program Professor of Applied Research at Nova Southeastern University in North Miami Beach, Florida. He received his Educational Psychology with a minor in Statistics and Measurement from Florida State University He has published extensively in a variety of areas such as psychophysiology and educational psychology. His primary interest revolves around applying unique methodological and statistical techniques as a means to exploring the relationship between emotions and performance in a variety of domains. Alex also has over 10 years of experience in applying biofeedback in the field, as well as for research.

Tom D. Kennedy received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. He has been on the Faculty in the department of Applied Research at Nova Southeastern University for five years, developing and teaching research and statistics courses. He has extensive clinical experience providing neuropsychological assessments, behavioral medicine interventions, and group therapy in both inpatient and outpatient settings. His research interests include at-risk children and adolescents as well as exploratory biofeedback and other complementary alternative medicine interventions.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Diagrams
Foreword, by Paul E. Spector
About the Authors
Chapter 1. The Scientific Method and Relevant Components
Part I. Quantitative Methods for Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Chapter 2. Between-Subjects Approach
Chapter 3. Regression-Discontinuity Approach
Chapter 4. Within-Subjects Approach
Chapter 5. Factorial Designs
Chapter 6. Solomon N-Group Designs
Chapter 7. Single-Case Approach
Part II. Quantitative Methods for Nonexperimental Research
Chapter 8. Ex Post Facto and Posttest-Only Designs
Chapter 9. Observational Approach
Chapter 10. Survey Approach
Part III. Qualitative Methods
Chapter 11. Grounded Theory Approach
Chapter 12. Ethnographic Approach
Chapter 13. Narrative Approach
Chapter 14. Phenomenological Approach
Part IV. Mixed Methods
Chapter 15. Convergent-Parallel Approach
Chapter 16. Embedded Approach
Chapter 17. Explanatory-Sequential Approach
Chapter 18. Exploratory-Sequential Approach
Chapter 19. Mixed Methods, Case Studies, and Single-Case Approaches
Chapter 20. Conclusion
Appendix A. Less Common Designs for Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
Appendix B. Types of Case Study Designs
Appendix C. Five Types of Mixed Methods Designs
Author Index
Subject Index

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