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Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research

Third Edition
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August 2017 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Combining the latest thinking in the field with practical, step-by-step guidance, the Third Edition of John W. Creswell and Vicki L. Plano Clark’s Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research now includes seven mixed methods designs with accompanying journal articles illustrating each design. The authors walk readers through the entire research process and present updated examples from published mixed methods studies drawn from multiple disciplines. In addition, this new edition includes information about the dynamic and evolving nature of the field of mixed methods research, four additional methodological approaches, and coverage of new directions in mixed methods.

 
List of Figures
 
List of Tables
 
Preface
Purpose of the Book

 
Audience for the Book

 
Book Features

 
New Features Added to the Third Edition

 
Acknowledgments

 
 
About the Authors
 
Chapter 1 • The Nature of Mixed Methods Research
Defining Mixed Methods Research

 
Examples of Mixed Methods Studies

 
What Research Problems Require Mixed Methods?

 
What Are the Advantages of Using Mixed Methods?

 
What Are the Challenges in Using Mixed Methods?

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 2 • The Foundations of Mixed Methods Research
Historical Foundations

 
Philosophical Foundations

 
Theoretical Foundations

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 3 • Core Mixed Methods Designs
Key Concepts That Inform Mixed Methods Designs

 
The Three Core Mixed Methods Designs

 
Additional Considerations in Choosing a Core Design

 
Describing a Design in a Written Report

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 4 • Complex Applications of Core Mixed Methods Designs
Intersecting Core Mixed Methods Designs With Other Research Approaches or Frameworks

 
Four Prominent Types of Complex Mixed Methods Designs

 
Drawing Diagrams of Complex Applications

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 5 • Introducing a Mixed Methods Study
Writing a Mixed Methods Title

 
Stating the Research Problem in the Introduction

 
Developing the Purpose Statement

 
Writing Research Questions and Hypotheses

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 6 • Collecting Data in Mixed Methods Research
Procedures in Collecting Qualitative and Quantitative Data

 
General Considerations for Data Collection in Mixed Methods

 
Data Collection Within the Mixed Methods Designs

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 7 • Analyzing and Interpreting Data in Mixed Methods Research
Procedures in Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation

 
Mixed Methods Data Analysis and Interpretation

 
Integrated Data Analysis and Interpretation Within the Mixed Methods Designs

 
Validity and Mixed Methods Designs

 
Software Applications and Mixed Methods Data Analysis

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 8 • Writing and Evaluating Mixed Methods Research
General Guidelines for Writing

 
Relate the Mixed Methods Structure to the Type of Writing

 
Evaluating a Mixed Methods Study

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Chapter 9 • Advances in Mixed Methods Research
Advances in Mining Data

 
Advances in the Insight Gained Through the Value of Mixed Methods Research

 
Advances in Mixed Methods Designs

 
Advances in Representations of Design Procedures

 
Advances in Integration

 
Advances in Creating Mixed Methods Questions and Study Aims

 
Advances in Representing Integration Through Joint Displays

 
Advances in Mixed Methods Validity

 
Advances in Understanding Skills Required for Mixed Methods

 
Advances in Publishing Mixed Methods Manuscripts

 
Summary

 
Activities

 
Additional Resources to Examine

 
 
Appendix A: Unwritten Rules of Talking to Doctors About Depression: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
 
Appendix B: Students’ Persistence in a Distributed Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in Higher Education: A Mixed Methods Study
 
Appendix C: The Development of Client Violence Questionnaire (CVQ)
 
Appendix D: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Robotic Gait Training and Gait-Focused Physical Therapy Programs for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy: A Mixed Methods RCT
 
Appendix E: Reconciling Data From Different Sources: Practical Realities of Using Mixed Methods to Identify Effective High School Practices
 
Appendix F: Understanding Transitions in Care From Hospital to Homeless Shelter: A Mixed-Methods, Community-Based Participatory Approach
 
Appendix G: Mixed Methods in Intervention Research: Theory to Adaptation
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • A sample syllabus assists in planning a course using Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research, Third Edition. 
Student Resource Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected to expand upon each chapter.
  • Exclusive content curated specifically for this text from the SAGE Research Methods platform, including case studies and premium video, allows for further exploration into important topics.


"The go-to text for mixed methods research.”

Regardt Ferreira
Tulane University

“Creswell and Plano Clark have captured recent changes within mixed methods research, and these are reflected in this dynamic, salient book!”

Susan Sweat Gunby
Mercer University

“An excellent guide for the design and conduct of mixed methods research!”

Mansoo Yu
University of Missouri-Columbia

“Readers of the book will understand the expanding breadth of multiple methods, the value of complex methods for sophisticated analysis of problems, and how to use and evaluate mixed methods in research.”

Joseph Drew
Morgan State University

“This updated edition provides thoughtful consideration to how the field of mixed methods research has changed, including how the authors' own definitions and typologies have refined. It also provides a discussion of a diverse array of empirical studies from prominent and emerging mixed methods scholars, highlighting the strength and potential of this field for social and behavioral sciences.”

Peggy Shannon-Baker
Bryn Mawr College

“Creswell and Plano Clark do excellent work in showing the evolution of mixed-methods research. One of the highlights of this edition is the addition of scaffolds that guide writing sections of a mixed-methods study.”

Senay Purzer
Purdue University

“Narrowing down the research methods to three primary types and then providing application methods and basic step-by-step instructions, along with great resources in the appendix and outside contributions, makes this a must have book in any academic study leading to research development.”

Natalie Ellis
The University of Oklahoma

This book is a great resources, but requires a moderate level of comfort with both quantitative and qualitative methods upon reading. For readers that have at least an introductory level of these prerequisites, this book is a valuable tool for constructing, implementing, and analysing high-quality mixed methods research. As a researcher, I will use this book to guide myself in best practices as I develop my mixed methodology skills, but I am not confident using this in an introductory course where students may not have concrete knowledge of qual. and quan. basics. If able to offer a course holding prerequisites for both methodologies, I would use this book in a heartbeat and recommend it to others in the same situation.

Mrs Gina Gullo
Accounting Dept, Lehigh University
July 20, 2017