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Mixed Methods Applications in Action Research
From Methods to Community Action

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November 2014 | 472 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

This first-of-its-kind book provides readers with the information they need to design and conduct a mixed methods action research (MMAR) study in a practical and pragmatic manner. Using a multidisciplinary focus, the author provides a scholarly and applied orientation to meet the varied epistemological and professional needs of scholar practitioners. The book is applicable to broad audiences with different levels of research skills, including students learning how to conduct research in practical settings, practitioners faced with the need to address pertinent issues in their professional practices, community leaders seeking to inform policy changes, and college faculty who teach research methods and conduct funded research in collaboration with practitioner-researchers and community stakeholders. A wide variety of pedagogical features make it appropriate for use as an instructional text aimed at developing skills in designing, conducting, implementing, and reporting an action research study that integrates mixed methods.

 
Part I: Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research
 
Chapter 1: Introducing Mixed Methods Research
Definitions of Mixed Methods Research  
Example of a Mixed Methods Research Study  
Rationales for Using Mixed Methods Research  
Evolution of Mixed Methods Research  
Current Status of Mixed Methods Research  
Philosophical Foundation of Mixed Methods Research  
Methodological Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research  
 
Chapter 2: Introducing Action Research
Definitions of Action Research  
Essentials Features of Action Research  
Example of an Action Research Study  
Conceptual Models of Action Research  
Methodological Characteristics of Action Research  
 
Chapter 3: Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research
Connecting Mixed Methods and Action Research  
Advantages of Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research  
Application of Mixed Methods in Action Research  
Examples of Five MMAR Studies  
 
Part II: Designing and Conducting a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
 
Chapter 4: Conceptualizing a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Steps in an MMAR Study  
Conceptualizing an MMAR Study  
 
Chapter 5: Designing a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Current Mixed Methods Design Typologies  
Typology of MMAR Study Designs  
Basic MMAR Study Designs  
 
Chapter 6: Planning Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Integration or Mixing of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods  
Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative MMAR Study Designs  
Developing Study Purpose and Research Questions for Reconnaissance and Evaluation Phases of an MMAR Study  
Visual Presentation of MMAR Study Procedures  
Examples of Visual Diagrams in MMAR Study Designs  
 
Chapter 7: Sampling and Collecting Data in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Sampling in an MMAR Study  
Sampling Schemes for MMAR Study Designs  
Data Collection in an MMAR Study  
 
Chapter 8: Analyzing Data in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Analyzing Quantitative Data in an MMAR Study  
Analyzing Qualitative Data in an MMAR Study  
Mixed Methods Data Analysis in an MMAR Study  
 
Chapter 9: Assessing Quality of a Mixed Methods Action Research Study
Assessing Reliability and Validity of Quantitative Data and Their Interpretation in an MMAR Study  
Assessing Trustworthiness of Qualitative Data and Their Interpretation in an MMAR Study  
Addressing Quality Considerations Related to Action Research  
Assessing Quality in an MMAR Study  
 
Part III: Using Mixed Methods Inferences to Inform Community Action
 
Chapter 10: Planning and Implementing Action Using Mixed Methods Action Research Study Inferences
Using Meta-Inferences to Inform Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study  
Developing and Implementing Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study  
Evaluating and Monitoring Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study  
Disseminating MMAR Study Results  
Developing a Proposal for an MMAR Study  

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site
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It’s easy to log on to SAGE’s password-protected Instructor Teaching Site at sagepub.com/ivankova for complete and protected access to all text-specific Instructor Resources for Nataliya V. Ivankova's ?Mixed Methods Applications in Action Research. Simply provide your institutional information for verification and within 72 hours you’ll be able to use your login information for any SAGE title! 

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Published Study Analysis Guidelines
  • Study Abstract Assignment Guidelines
  • Study Action Plan/Intervention Design - Short Paper Assignment
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.
Student Study Site
Use the Student Study Site to get the most out of your course!

Our Student Study Site at sagepub.com/ivankova  is completely open-access and offers a wide range of additional features, including something no other publisher offers: SAGE Journal articles!

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. 
  • Checklist ?for evaluating a mixed methods action research (MMAR) study proposal

“This author has created what I believe to be a very important body of knowledge and has absolutely moved the topic in a manner that reflects current ways of thinking about research in the 21st century. The research applications presented in the textbook chapters help to make mixed method action research doable in areas that may not be reflected in previous thinking or past instructional methods for teaching research methodology.”

Juanita A. Johnson, Union Institute & University

”The scope of the material covered is terrific and the examples are very useful… I believe that it would be of great use to anyone who is considering this type of design.”

Laura J. Meyer, University of Denver

“Hones in on the complexities, particularities, and needs of practitioner researchers doing action research…Clearly explains integration for each mixed method type in a way I have not seen before. Figures and boxes [are] once again very valuable, organized, and clear for practitioner-researchers.”

Debby Zambo, Arizona State University

excellent, easy to grasp concepts

Mrs Marina Kendrick
Nursing (Burton), Wolverhampton University
February 23, 2015

A MUST for researchers doing mixed method research!

Professor Susan Coetzee
Educational Leadership and Management, University of South Africa
February 10, 2015

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