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Research Design

Research Design
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

Fifth Edition
Experience with SAGE edge

December 2017 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This bestselling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions; key elements of the research process; a review of the literature; an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry.

The Selection of a Research Approach
Review of the Literature
The Use of Theory
Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
The Introduction
The Purpose Statement
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods
Mixed Methods Procedures
Key features


  • Updated discussion on designing a proposal for a research project and on the steps in designing a research study. 
  • Additional content on epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology and method.
  • Additional updates on the transformative worldview.
  • Expanded coverage on specific approaches such as case studies, participatory action research, and visual methods.
  • Additional information about social media, online qualitative methods, and mentoring and reflexivity in qualitative methods.
  • Incorporation of action research and program evaluation in mixed methods and coverage of the latest advances in the mixed methods field
  • Additional coverage on qualitative and quantitative data analysis software in the respective methods chapters.
  • Additional information about causality and its relationship to statistics in quantitative methods.
  • Incorporation of writing discussion sections into each of the three methodologies.
  • Current references and additional readings are included in this new edition.


  • Compares qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in one book for full, unparalleled coverage.
  • Highly interdisciplinary examples make this book widely appealing to a broad range of courses and disciplines.
  • Ethical coverage throughout consistently reminds students to use good judgment and to be fair and unbiased in their research.
  • Writing exercises conclude each chapter so that readers can practice the principles learned in the chapter; if the reader completes all of the exercises, they will have a written plan for their scholarly study.
  • Numbered points provide checklists of each step in a process.
  • Annotated passages help reinforce the reader's comprehension of key research ideas.

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ISBN: 9781506386706