Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

Second Edition

Companion Website

© 2011 | 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.

To find out more about John Creswell and his work, please visit: and

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - The Nature of Mixed Methods Research

Chapter 3 - Choosing a Mixed Methods Design


Companion Website
Instructors have access to the following password protected resources:
  • Power Point presentations for each chapter
  • Sample Syllabi
Open access study materials include:
  • Link to JMMR
  • Hot-links to SAGE journal articles
  • Flashcards
  • Correlation chart – relating the 2nd edition to supplemental readings from The Mixed Methods Reader

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

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

This book containing the complete knowledge of the mixed method, from the purpose of this research approach, designing of the study to the analysis strategies of this method. I do recommend the students to read through this book if the mixed method is adopted in their graduation projects. Although not all of the student would adopt this approach for their final project, which means the current copies we have in the library would be enough, I still do recommend them if they would further explore the relevant issues of this particular research approach.

Dr Chen-an Yu
School of Life Sciences, Kingston University
February 10, 2016

Informative book well written

Mrs Julie donald
WBDL, Universityof Lincoln
November 20, 2015

Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research by John Creswell and Vicki Plano Clark is a great asset to introduce students to designing and doing mixed methods. The textbook is also a good resource guide.

Dr Negmeldin Omer Alsheikh
Curriculum , United Arab Emirates University
September 27, 2015

A really helpful, all round text.

Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones
School of Health Sciences, Birmingham University
February 4, 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.

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ISBN: 9781412975179