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Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches / Edition 5

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches / Edition 5

by John W. Creswell, J. David Creswell
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"Creswell's Research Design is an accessible and useful book that stimulates students through walk through experiences, use of exercises, and production of actual writing samples. It is a book that models the types of issues that best suit different approaches and allows students to understand when to use mixed methods. Furthermore, its focus on theory and paradigms is done in a way that helps students decode their meaning."

--MARTHA MONTERO-SIEBURTH, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"One of the most formidable challenges of research design is stating your purpose. Creswell's approach takes the guesswork out of the process."

--STEVE GUERRIERO, Organization & Management, Antioch New England Graduate School

The Second Edition of the bestselling Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches offers a unique comparison of three key approaches to inquiry. This comparison begins with preliminary consideration of knowledge claims for all three approaches, a review of the literature, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. The book also addresses the key elements of the process of research: writing an introduction; stating a purpose for the study; identifying research questions and hypotheses; using theory; defining, delimiting and stating the significance of the study; and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis.

Key Features:

  • Provides a clear presentation of how to implement a mixed methods design in your proposal or plan as well as show how to implementqualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Presents the ethical issues that may arise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies
  • Offers extensive writing tips to help get your research plan started in the right direction
  • Contains the latest developments in qualitative inquiry--including advocacy, participatory, and emancipatory approaches

This book is ideal for readers who seek assistance in designing a full research study or planning a proposal for a scholarly journal article, dissertation or thesis. The book is an invaluable reference on the basics of research design as well as an effective text for graduate courses in Research Methods, Research Design, and related topics. The book serves a broad audience of social and human scientists in fields of marketing, management, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, K-12 education, higher and post-secondary education, nursing, health sciences, urban studies, and family research.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506386706
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 31,808
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John W. Creswell, Ph D, is a professor of family medicine and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous articles and 28 books on mixed methods research, qualitative research, and research design. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he held the Clifton Endowed Professor Chair, served as director of a mixed methods research office, founded SAGE’s Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and was an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Administration health services research center. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011, he co-led a national working group on mixed methods practices at the National Institutes of Health, served as a visiting professor at Harvard’s School of Public Health, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2014, he was the president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. In 2015, he joined the staff of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. John has been teaching research methods courses for the past 40 years..

Table of Contents

Outline of Chaptersxxii
Part IPreliminary Considerations1
1A Framework for Design3
Three Elements of Inquiry4
Three Approaches to Research18
Criteria for Selecting an Approach21
Writing Exercises24
Additional Readings24
2Review of the Literature27
Identifying a Topic27
A Researchable Topic28
Purpose of the Literature Review29
Literature Reviews in Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Research30
Design Techniques33
Style Manuals43
A Model for Writing the Literature Review45
Writing Exercises47
Additional Readings48
3Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations49
Writing the Proposal49
Central Arguments to Make49
Writing Tips54
Ethical Issues To Anticipate62
Writing Exercises68
Additional Readings69
Part IIDesigning Research71
4The Introduction73
The Importance of Introductions73
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Introductions74
A Model for an Introduction76
Writing Exercises85
Additional Readings85
5The Purpose Statement87
Significance and Meaning of a Purpose Statement87
A Qualitative Purpose Statement88
A Quantitative Purpose Statement93
A Mixed Methods Purpose Statement99
Writing Exercises103
Additional Readings104
6Research Questions and Hypotheses105
Qualitative Research Questions105
Quantitative Research Questions and Hypotheses108
Mixed Methods Research Questions and Hypotheses114
Writing Exercises117
Additional Readings117
7The Use of Theory119
Quantitative Theory-Use120
Qualitative Theory-Use131
Mixed Methods Theory-Use136
Writing Exercises140
Additional Readings141
8Definitions, Limitations, and Significance142
The Definition of Terms142
Delimitations and Limitations147
Significance of the Proposed Study149
Writing Exercises151
Additional Readings151
9Quantitative Methods153
Defining Surveys and Experiments153
Components of a Survey Method Plan154
Components of an Experimental Method Plan162
Threats to Validity171
Writing Exercises176
Additional Readings176
10Qualitative Procedures179
The Characteristics of Qualitative Research179
Strategies of Inquiry183
The Researcher's Role184
Data Collection Procedures185
Data Recording Procedures188
Data Analysis and Interpretation190
Validating the Accuracy of Findings195
The Qualitative Narrative197
Writing Exercises206
Additional Readings206
11Mixed Methods Procedures208
Components of Mixed Methods Procedures209
The Nature of Mixed Methods Research209
Types of Mixed Methods Strategies210
Alternative Strategies and Visual Models213
Data Collection Procedures219
Data Analysis and Validation Procedures220
Report Presentation Structure222
Examples of Mixed Methods Procedures222
Writing Exercises226
Additional Readings226
Author Index237
Subject Index240
About the Author246

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Research Design 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
jorgecardoso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book for those beggining to write a PhD proposal. It talks about the different types of knowledge claims and the typical research methods associated with them. It also offers very specific advice and even templates for content for different sections of the proposal such as the Introduction and Objectives sections. I found it a very practical book.
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Great source to cite from!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only reservation is that it is limited unnecessarily to the social sciences. The advice would apply to a broader set of academic disciplines. Lots of good examples.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a text used for one of my doctoral classes. I found this to be one of the best and practical books to explain basics to doctoral research design.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was forced to read this book for a graduate methodology course at Harvard. This is a verbose text on how to write an academically acceptable research paper. It overtly accepts all the suppositions of the academic writing process, many of which are highly debatable, while thoroughly venerating highbrow academia¿s proclivity for political correctness and leftism. Some portions border on the ridiculous and literally outright laughable with respect to how pedantic they are. The only reason this book was written, as he himself notes implicitly at one point, was that someone was going to write it. The simple lack of an authoritative text on graduate research methods begged for someone to hammer out 230+ pages of nonsense. Then again, ¿John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Teachers College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,¿ so it not like this pursuit comes as a big surprise. If you find the Chicago Manual of Style to be intriguing and edifying, and / or you are a total tool of the academic system, then this book is for you¿