Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches / Edition 4

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Overview

The eagerly anticipated Fourth Edition of the title that pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design is here! For all three approaches, Creswell includes a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research approaches, and refl ections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. He also presents the key elements of the research process, giving specifi c attention to each approach. The Fourth Edition includes extensively revised mixed methods coverage, increased coverage of ethical issues in research, and an expanded emphasis on worldview perspectives.

PRAISE FOR CRESWELL'S RESEARCH DESIGN:

“It provides all of the necessary information and tools to guide my doctoral students through writing their dissertation (research) proposals. Each chapter provides content information, examples that demonstrate the application of the content, suggestions for writing activities, and additional resources. All of this together in one textbook is phenomenal.”

— R.M. Cooper, Drake University

“Creswell’s is a more comprehensive discussion of design. Most texts approach this issue as either a book on qualitative methods, or one on quantitative methods. Additionally, my students appreciate the language. While not simple, the language and tone in this book are both accessible and inviting.”

— Gilberto Arriaza, California State University-East Bay

“The accessibility of the content is a key strength. The students indicated that they will continue to use as a resource after the class is over.”

— Heather J. Brace, Whittier College

Describes the purpose statement/the use of a theory/combined qualitative & quantitative designs/scholarly writing/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Comparing three different approaches to inquiries in the human and social sciences, Cresswell (U. of Nebraska at Lincoln) looks at the knowledge claims for the approaches and explains the processes of research design and writing. Written to aid students and scholars in preparing proposals for journals or dissertations, the text takes readers through the steps of the process of research, addressing the different approaches of the three methods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alison Scott-Baumann
"The success of mixed methods is particularly noticeable in medical and health-related research: in order to secure funding, it is advisable to incorporate a quantitative element into any such research project, and from the point of view of working with human subjects, most qualitative researchers would argue that a qualitative element is required. " —Alison Scott-Baumann, University of Gloucestershire
Organizational Research Methods
"It is both usefully expanded and very reader friendly. The book has a distinctive helpful tone and an almost "how to do it" style. If one liked the first edition, then he or she will probably adore this one."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452226095
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 723,635
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to teaching at the University, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 22 books (including new editions), many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world. He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Professor Chair for five years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For an additional five year, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which provided support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He served as the founding Co-Editor for the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan where he assisted investigators in the health sciences and education with research methodology for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation projects. He also served extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and in 2008 lectured to faculty at five universities on mixed methods in education and the health sciences. In 2012 he again was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. In 2011 he served as a co-leader of a national working group at NIH developing “best practices” for mixed methods research in the health sciences. In spring 2013, Dr. Creswell was a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health. In summer, 2013, he conducted mixed methods training at Cambridge University in the UK. In 2014, he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminary Considerations
Chapter 1. The Selection of a Research Approach
Chapter 2. Review of the Literature
Chapter 3. The Use of Theory
Chapter 4. Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
Part II. Designing Research
Chapter 5. The Introduction
Chapter 6. The Purpose Statement
Chapter 7. Research Questions and Hypotheses
Chapter 8. Quantitative Methods
Chapter 9. Qualitative Methods
Chapter 10. Mixed Methods Procedures

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Creswell does well

    As a professional educator seeking an advanced degree at an advanced age, I have been impressed by Creswell's ability to explain the process of writing a dissertation. The format of the chapters in the book make it easy to use as a template for constructing a dissertation proposal and, ultimately, the dissertation. Well done!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Highly recommended-you must check it out!

    I highly recommend this book. It has been a big help in helping me with my research.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2005

    Save yourself the pain..

    I was forced to read this book for a graduate methodology course at Harvard. This is a verbose text on how to write an academically acceptable research paper. It overtly accepts all the suppositions of the academic writing process, many of which are highly debatable, while thoroughly venerating highbrow academia¿s proclivity for political correctness and leftism. Some portions border on the ridiculous and literally outright laughable with respect to how pedantic they are. The only reason this book was written, as he himself notes implicitly at one point, was that someone was going to write it. The simple lack of an authoritative text on graduate research methods begged for someone to hammer out 230+ pages of nonsense. Then again, ¿John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Teachers College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,¿ so it not like this pursuit comes as a big surprise. If you find the Chicago Manual of Style to be intriguing and edifying, and / or you are a total tool of the academic system, then this book is for you¿

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Great

    Great source to cite from!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2010

    Good guide to preparing a genuine research paper.

    My only reservation is that it is limited unnecessarily to the social sciences. The advice would apply to a broader set of academic disciplines. Lots of good examples.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Quality ground level research information

    This was a text used for one of my doctoral classes. I found this to be one of the best and practical books to explain basics to doctoral research design.

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