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Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

Second Edition

June 2010 | 488 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc


A practical, how-to guide to designing mixed methods studies

Combining the latest thinking about mixed methods research designs with practical, step-by-step guidance, the Second Edition of Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research now covers six major mixed methods designs. Authors John W. Creswell and Vicki L. Plano Clark walk readers through the entire research process, from formulating questions to designing, collecting data, and interpreting results and include updated examples from published mixed methods studies drawn from the social, behavioral, health, and education disciplines.

Intended Audience: 

This text is intended for use in Intermediate/Advanced Research Methods, Mixed Methods, Research Design, and Social Research Methods courses across the social and behavioral sciences.

Learn more about John Creswell's mixed methods and qualitative research offerings as well as his spring/summer 2017 mixed methods workshops, including "Designing and Conducting a Mixed Methods Dissertation or Thesis" with keynote speaker Vicki L. Plano Clark!

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
Subject Index
Author Index
About the Authors
List of Tables
List of Figures

"The book explains the excellent approach of mixed methods for social research."

Gineida Morales-Guasch Ed.D.
University of Puerto Rico

Excellent guide to mixed methods research, a good mix between research theory and practical tips.

Mrs Issy Hallam
Psychology, South Devon College
July 19, 2017

Chapters are easy to follow. Gives a great detail about the design and analysis

Dr Bahadir Namdar
Primary Education/ Science Education Program, Recep Tayyip Erdogan University
February 22, 2017

This is book provides a good range of mixed method designs in a step by step approach with useful flow charts. The validity of research is discussed supporting the researchers to evaluate and strengthen the validity for their own research.

Mrs Jayne Elizabeth Double
ECLIPS, Suffolk New College
December 5, 2016

Excellent book for students considering a mixed methods study

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
November 1, 2016

It provides a concise overview of mixed methods research and presents this information in an accessible manner.

Ms Caroline Dalton
Please select your department, University College Cork (NUI)
October 26, 2016

This book is useful for anyone wanting to conduct mixed methods research. It introduces both the methodological and practical issues of mixed methods research and is a good book for undergraduate and postgraduates alike.

Mr Sebastin Stevens
Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth
August 19, 2016

A comprehensive text to inform students about mixed methods research.

Dr Clay Gransden
Business School, Liverpool Hope University
July 6, 2016

This text provides our students with a useful framework when designing their own strategies for data collection.

Dr Irene Dewar Bonnar
Education , Stirling University
June 7, 2016

This book is a useful guide for our students when designing their own data collection strategies.

Dr Irene Dewar Bonnar
Education , Stirling University
June 7, 2016
Key features

New to This Edition:

Two new mixed methods designs—transformative and multiphase—are now covered.

New flowcharts detail the steps involved in conducting each of the six major mixed methods designs.

More detailed coverage of data collection decisions for each of the six major designs.

New topic coverage

  • The use of joint displays
  • Emerging discussion about validity
  • Newest thinking about the use of software in the process of mixed methods analysis

An example of a mixed method dissertation outline is now included in the set of guidelines for reporting mixed methods research in a proposal, dissertation, or journal article.

New and revised activities and exercises conclude each chapter.

For instructors

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