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

A very well laid out book with clear explanations of the topics

Mrs Louise Turner
Engineering, Huntingdonshire Regional College
June 25, 2015

A useful research textbook that aids comphresion and capture of data of the big picture of social reality; the social world is complex, multifaceted, multidimensional and multidisciplinary and Cressswell's mixed-methods textbook provides the novice and seasoned researchers with the tools and techniques for its understanding.

Dr Godwin Tetteh
Fac of Business Computing & Info Manag, London South Bank University
June 9, 2015

This text provides a user friendly account of mixed methods research design and conduct. Especially beneficial, and uniquely comprehensive, is the way the author expounds the philosophical underpinnings of the paradigm.

Mrs Angela Beggan
Sport and Exercise, University of the West of Scotland
June 3, 2015

This is an excellent and comprehensive resource, which I have adopted as essential reading for my module. The text is a good mix of theoretical positions, practical advice, and examples of published research, which means that it really can be used as a single, self-contained text for any course on mixed methods research - highly recommended.

Dr Francois Van Loggerenberg
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
June 3, 2015
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