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A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

Second Edition

August 2021 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
For students and researchers new to mixed methods, A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research 2e by renowned author John W. Creswell provides a brief and practical introduction to mixed methods. Many graduate students and researchers in the social, behavioral and health sciences may not have the time or resources to read long treatises or stacks of journal articles on mixed methods research. This text quickly describes the basics of setting up and conducting a study using this methodology. Chapters are short and follow the process of research, from ensuring skills for conducting research, acknowledging the steps in planning a study, designing studies with increasing complexity, planning sampling strategies and integration, and writing up the results of your study. Get started in mixed methods quickly with this brief primer.

Chapter 1. Basic Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 2. Having Skills, Experiences, and Attitudes to Conduct Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 3. Steps in Planning a Mixed Methods Study
Chapter 4. Introducing a Mixed Methods Study
Chapter 5. Using Core Mixed Methods Designs
Chapter 6. Using Complex Mixed Methods Designs
Chapter 7. Drawing Diagrams of Design
Chapter 8. Sampling, Integration, and Metainferences
Chapter 9. Writing a Mixed Methods Article for Publication
Chapter 10. Evaluating the Quality of a Mixed Methods Study
Key features


  • Provides a straightforward overview of what mixed methods is and how it is used
  • Begins each chapter with Objectives to guide the reader’s attention to what is most important
  • Concludes each chapter with a summary to promote students’ mastery of content
  • Additional readings provide opportunities to delve deeper into topics of interest
  • Separate chapters on Core Mixed Methods Designs and Complex Mixed Methods Designs provide more coverage and details on study designs
  • Chapters have been reordered to better follow the research process
  • Useful templates now help readers organize and plan their own mixed methods studies
  • An expanded discussion of sampling and integration now includes a third element, metainferences, to present the insights from an integration of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Developments in the Field are now included in a section in Chapter 1 instead of in their own chapter
  • New tables and figures have been added throughout to help visualize information
  • Recent developments from the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the author's own standards, help readers better assess the quality of mixed methods studies

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ISBN: 9781544355757