Designing And Conducting Mixed Methods Research / Edition 1

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Overview

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research 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 from actual, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412927925
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 812,258
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicki L. Plano Clark, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, co-director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, and managing editor of the new Journal of Mixed Methods Research (Sage Publications) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her specialization includes mixed methods research designs and qualitative research. She is interested in the procedural issues that arise when implementing different designs and how mixed methods research is applied in different disciplines. She has co-authored numerous methodological discussions as well as empirical studies using qualitative and mixed methods approaches in science education, family research, and family medicine. In addition, she served as the Laboratory Manager in the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy (1993-2005), working with the Research in Physics Education Group, and was a principal investigator on three National Science Foundation projects.

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Teachers College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is affiliated with a graduate program in educational psychology that specializes in quantitative and qualitative methods in education. In this program, he specializes in qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods, multimethod research, and faculty and academic leadership issues in colleges and universities.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE Chapter 1. The Nature of Mixed Methods Research Chapter 2. The Foundations of Mixed Methods Research Chapter 3. Choosing a Mixed Methods Research Design Chapter 4. Examples of Mixed Methods Designs Chapter 5. Introducing a Mixed Methods Study Chapter 6. Collecting Data in Mixed Methods Research Chapter 7. Analyzing and Interpreting Data in Mixed Methods Research Chapter 8. Writing and Evaluating Mixed Methods Research Chapter 9. Summary and Recommendations Appendix A: An Example of the Convergent Parallel Design Appendix B: An Example of the Explanatory Sequential Design Appendix C: An Example of the Exploratory Sequential Design Appendix D: An Example of the Embedded Design Appendix E: An Example of the Transformative Design Appendix F: An Example of the Multiphase Design Appendix G. Glossary References Subject Index Author Index About the Authors List of Tables List of Figures

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    Mixed Methods Research

    I found this book to be very helpful in aidin my understanding as to exactly what a mixed method research study is as well as how it is implemented. The book is written in such a way as to not be intimidating or unintelligible.

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