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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

New to the Second Edition:

  • Because mixed methods research has come into its own since the publication of the first edition, every chapter now shows how to implement a mixed methods design in your proposal or plan as well as showing how to implement qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Ethical issues that may arise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs have been added to a new section in Chapter 3
  • Writing tips and considerations have been expanded and moved to the first part of the book to get your research plan started in the right direction
  • The latest developments in qualitative inquiry, including advocacy, participatory, and emancipatory approaches have been added to Chapter 10
  • Mixed methods procedures (Chapter 11) show readers how to identify types of mixed methods strategy, select data collection and analysis approaches, and plan the overall structure of the study

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506386706
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 24,078
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 codirector 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. Visit him at his website:

Table of Contents

Outline of Chapters
Ch 1. A Framework for Design
Three Elements of Inquiry
Alternative Knowledge Claims
Strategies of Inquiry
Research Methods
Three Approaches to Research
Criteria for Selecting an Approach
Personal Experiences
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 2. Review of the Literature
Identifying a Topic
A Researchable Topic
Purpose of the Literature Review
Literature Reviews in Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Research
Design Techniques
Example 2.1 Review of a Quantitative Study
Example 2.2 Review of a Study Advancing a Typology
Style Manuals
A Model for Writing the Literature Review
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 3 Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
Writing the Proposal
Central Arguments to Make
Example 3.1 A Qualitative Constructivist/Interpretivist Format
Example 3.2 A Qualitative Advocacy/Participatory Format
Example 3.3 A Quantitative Format
Example 3.4 A Mixed Methods Format
Writing Tips
Example 3.5 A Sample Passage Illustrating the Hook-and-Eye-Technique
Ethical Issues to Anticipate
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 4 The Introduction
The Importance of Introductions
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Introductions
A Model for an Introduction
Example 4.1 Deficiencies in the Literature - Needed Explorations
Example 4.2 Deficiencies in the Literature - Few Studies
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 5 The Purpose Statement
Significance and Meaning of a Purpose Statement
A Qualitative Purpose Statement
Example 5.1 A Purpose Statement in a Qualitative Phenomenology Study
Example 5.2 A Purpose Statement in a Case Study
Example 5.3 A Purpose Statement in an Ethnographic Study
A Quantitative Purpose Statement
Example 5.4 A Purpose Statement in a Grounded Theory Study
Example 5.5 A Purpose Statement in a Published Survey Study
Example 5.6 A Purpose Statement in a Dissertation Survey Study
Example 5.7 A Purpose Statement in a Experimental Study
A Mixed Methods Purpose Statement
Example 5.8 A Mixed Methods Purpose Statement, Convergent Strategy of Inquiry
Example 5.9 A Mixed Methods Purpose Statement, Sequential Strategy of Inquiry
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 6 Research Questions and Hypotheses
Qualitative Research Questions
Example 6.1 A Qualitative Central Question From an Ethnography
Example 6.2 Central Questions From a Case Study
Quantitative Research Questions and Hypotheses
Example 6.3 A Null Hypothesis
Example 6.4 Directional Hypotheses
Example 6.5 Nondirectional and Directional Hypotheses
Example 6.6 Standard Use of Language in Hypothesis
Mixed Method Research Questions and Hypotheses
Example 6.7 Descriptive and Inferential Questions
Example 6.8 Hypotheses and Research Questions in a Mixed Methods Study
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 7 The Use of Theory
Quantitative Theory-Use
Example 7.1 A Quantitative Theory Section
Qualitative Theory-Use
Example 7.2 An Example of Theory-Use Early in a Qualitative Study
Example 7.3 A Theory at the End of a Qualitative Study
Mixed Methods Theory-Use
Example 7.4 A Transformative-Emancipatory Mixed Methods Study
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 8 Definitions, Limitations, and Significance
The Definition of Terms
Example 8.1 Terms Defined in a Mixed Methods Dissertation
Example 8.2 Terms Defined in an Independent Variables Section in a Quantitative Dissertation
Delimitations and Limitations
Example 8.3 A Delimitation and a Limitation in a Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Significance of the Proposed Study
Example 8.4 Significance of the Study Stated in an Introduction to a Quantitative Study
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 9 Quantitative Methods
Defining Surveys and Experiments
Components of a Survey Method Plan
Example 9.1 An Example of a Survey Method Section
Components of an Experimental Method Plan
Example 9.2 Pre-Experimental Designs
Example 9.3 Quasi-Experimental Designs
Example 9.4 True Experimental Designs
Example 9.5 Single-Subject Designs
Threats to Validity
Example 9.6 An Experimental Method Section
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 10 Qualitative Procedures
The Characteristics of Qualitative Research
Strategies of Inquiry
The Researcher's Role
Data Collection Procedures
Data Recording Procedures
Data Analysis and Interpretation
Validating the Accuracy of Findings
The Qualitative Narrative
Example 10.1 Qualitative Procedures
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Ch 11 Mixed Methods Procedures
Components of Mixed Methods Procedures
The Nature of Mixed Methods Research
Types of Mixed Methods Strategies
Alternative Strategies and Visual Models
Data Collection Procedures
Data Analysis and Validation Procedures
Report Presentation Structure
Examples of Mixed Methods Procedures
Example 11.1 A Sequential Strategy of Inquiry
Example 11.2 A Concurrent Strategy of Inquiry
Writing Exercises
Additional Readings
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Author

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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¿