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Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology

Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology
Integrating Diversity With Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

Fourth Edition

© 2015 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Focused on increasing the credibility of research and evaluation, the Fourth Edition of Donna M. Mertens’s comprehensive Research and Evaluation in Education and Psychology: Integrating Diversity with Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods incorporates the viewpoints of various research paradigms into its descriptions of these methods. Providing specific advice on conducting research in culturally complex communities, the new edition has been updated to align with the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education accreditation requirements. Approximately sixty percent of the content in the Fourth Edition is new, updated with numerous contemporary examples, making this book one of the most comprehensive, accessible, and practical methods books available.
About the Author
1. An Introduction to Research
2. Evaluation
3. Literature Review and Focusing the Research
4. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research
5. Causal Comparative and Correlational Approaches
6. Survey Methods
7. Single-Case Research
8. Qualitative Methods
9. History and Narrative Study of Lives
10. Mixed Methods Research
11. Sampling
12. Data Collection
13. Data Analysis, Interpretation, and Use
Appendix: Writing the Research Proposal
Author Index
Subject Index


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  • Web resources are included for further research and insights.
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The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

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“The organization of the text reflects the author’s intent, philosophy, and objectives . . . [Mertens] clearly presents approaches, descriptions, and many examples useful in conducting studies; she is to be commended for the thoroughness of her work.”

Frank D. Adams, Wayne State College

“Very comprehensive for beginning doctoral students . . . I wish more authors recognized the importance of addressing diverse perspectives and approaches.”

Linda A. Pursley, Lesley University

“As a researcher, the presentation offers a fresh approach. It is critical to look at research from a transformative paradigm. Most methods texts do not even attempt to do this.”

Cynthia J. MacGregor, Missouri State University

“Excellent descriptions, definitions, examples, and narrative about social science theory and the various paradigms. Mertens [first] breaks these challenging concepts into increments and then continues to use the paradigmatic language throughout the text. This allows students new to the material to contextualize methodology, method, and paradigm . . . This is useful as students grapple with understanding how each of these tenets differs and how they are interconnected. This text does the best job in explaining these challenging theories. Mertens’ use [of] a wide variety of social identities to provide her examples makes the text inclusive of a variety of diverse identities. It is also useful to see the differences between [research and evaluation] and to select methods appropriate to the intention of the inquiry.”

Katrina L. Rodriguez, University of Northern Colorado

Fits the course well, it is research methods for CBT students and Psychology students. Has a nice mix of different styles of research methods.

Mrs Rebecca anne Harris
Psychology, University of Bolton
July 22, 2016

Very good book about research - not only for psychologists, but for anybody who deals with surveys, questionnaires, experiments and/or qualitative methods.

Miss Agnieszka Zablocki
Department of Marketing/Institute for International Marketing Management, Vienna University of Economics and Business
June 7, 2016

This book provides excellent complementary content to John Creswell's Research Design text.

Dr Jim Vander Putten
Educational Leadership Dept, Univ Of Arkansas-Little Rock
May 23, 2016

Particularly the Chapter on Qualitative Research is very valuable. In my own research and my student research project, we typically do quanitative research, however many students are interested in qualitative approaches, which is why I added this as supplemental reading.

Mrs Anne C Frenzel
Psychology , University of Munich
October 29, 2015

This is a well-written and comprehensive resource that would help our MA students to explore in more depth quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods of a research investigation. Very useful for the final year students who work on their dissertations.

Mrs Liana Beattie
Faculty of Education (Ormskirk), Edge Hill University
October 4, 2015

This is a comprehensive research methods book ideal for those in programme such as the MA in Education for the healthcare professionals. It is written in a clear manner and its structure makes the content relevant for those teachers and educators finding their way in educational research.

Dr Ana L S Da Silva
School Of Medicine, Swansea University
August 4, 2015
Key features


  • Increased focus on using technology in research brings the text thoroughly up to date
  • New and expanded Sample Studies demonstrate the methods described
  • New and updated examples drawn from marginalized populations maintain the book’s truly comprehensive and relevant perspective
  • Aligns with the latest APA and NCATE accreditation standards, by increasing the focus on issues related to cultural competency
  • Includes updated information about mixed methods, and integrates more mixed methods into chapters on sampling, data collection, and data analysis


  • Postpositivist, constructivist, transformative, and pragmatic paradigms discussed, showing how researchers’ views of the world underlie their choice of research approaches
  • Conducting research in culturally complex communities emphasized throughout
  • Provides a step-by-step overview of the entire research process
  • Accompanied by a website with PowerPoint slides, links to flashcards, and SAGE journal articles at
  • Offers detailed explanation of how to write a literature review and plan a dissertation
  • Pedagogy includes Extending Your Thinking throughout, providing opportunity for critical application of concepts

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