“Key strengths are clarity of presentation, functional focus, limited technical treatment, practical examples, compact length, emphasis on research design, and the chapter on Pragmatism, which is [a] great way around the paradigm debates that often color the use [of] mixed methods.”
“The research examples are very clear and will help students scope and develop their dissertation designs. . . . A second major strength is the emphasis on examples from program interventions and policy evaluation. This alone makes this text a good alternative textbook in program evaluation.”
“Figures are very clear, discussion of pragmatism is thorough, and the writing style is clear and accessible.”
This is a very good resource
Mixed methods research is increasingly important in health and social care research and this book is a useful overview of the synthesis of quantitative and qualitative elements, both for research design and in arriving at conclusions from the data.
An excellent and well written book with easy to understand examples.
Pragmatic philosophy is growing in popularity as the 'what works' approach. This text is really useful for those that are considering mixed methods and the options and alternatives for mixing methods. Sequential mixing is covered with the variations and impact and consequences on research for each. Very useful as part of the defending process of research. Written simply with excellent illustrations/diagrams that are informative and make the text easy and enjoyable to read.
This book is an easy to use and clearly written for early year’s researchers. I also feel this book is a good addition to the recommended reading to undergraduate students trying to understand how research and evidence based practice informs the health and life sciences.
This book is easy to read and clearly written for early year’s researchers and MA students, considering their research projects. I like the clear way in which you can find relevant information within the book. I recommend this to MA students in health and social sciences.
useful for postgraduate students
Well written and easy for students to understand
Not written at the appropriate level.
Very informative and easy to read coverage of pragmatice approach to research. Both BSc & MSc students as well as current researchers will find this a valuable addition to their resources for understanding research methods.
The text is clearly laid out with good use of diagrams and examples. However, more emphasis could be made early on, of the importance of the research question/aim in the research design and justification. Although in the conclusions of chapters 1 & 2, the requirment of a meaningful question is mentioned, it was not dealt with in sufficient depth. The risk is that students will continue to select a method before developing a clear question/aim. Nevertheless providing this is addressed elsewhere, it is a useful 'how to' text.
This is a very helpful text indeed but it's vital but narrower focus make it a very useful supplemental or reference text but not an essential core text for those in this stream of study. For some it will be well worth the purchase investment though. Particularly those needing extra insight and assistance with shaping investigative data gathering for their dissertation and the underlying research required for applied theology at master's level.
Good book, however might be to advanced for basic course level at Swedish university. However, potential for other courses (advanced level)
An interesting and welcome outline of practical approaches to making use of both quantitative and qualitative methods. It is nice to see an integrative approach. This would be well suited to masters level study of methods.
Although I found some interesting ideas within this book I thought it would not engaging enough for students and that some of the terminology was unfortunately not accessible enough for the level of learning.
Very good read, with lots of key elements we are looking to involve within the course
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