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Innovation in Mixed Methods Research

Innovation in Mixed Methods Research
A Practical Guide to Integrative Thinking with Complexity

October 2018 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Explaining both why and how to use mixed methods for discovering solutions to complex research problems, it gives readers the tools to adapt approaches to suit their own research conditions. Written in a warm, encouraging tone and packed with helpful diagrams and visual organizers, it provides an easy-to-follow map to the mixed methods process, covering everything from ‘what is mixed methods research?’ to framing, integrating, and describing a complexivity-sensitive mixed methods approach.

Features include:

  • Key questions to navigate the important concepts of each chapter
  • Practice alerts to provide practical tips on working in the field
  • Chapter check-ins to assess development of key skills
  • Further reading to expand and deepen knowledge of mixed methods practices
  • An annotated glossary to get to grips with foundational terms and revise for exams

Supported throughout by real-world examples and advice from the author and other mixed methods experts, this book helps readers succeed in their projects and think innovatively about the methods they use. 

Part I: Essential Foundations
Chapter 1: Boosting Innovation in Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 2: Transforming Mixed Methods Research Practice Under Conditions of Complexity
Chapter 3: Defining a Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Research Approach
Part II: Guiding Practices
Chapter 4: Diagnosing Complexity of Mixed Methods Research Conditions
Chapter 5: Framing Complex Mixed Methods Research Problems
Chapter 6: Developing Integrative Mixed Methods Research Interactions
Chapter 7: Positioning Interrelated Mixed Methods Research Systems
Chapter 8: Describing Agile Mixed Methods Research Integrations
Chapter 9: Generating Valid Mixed Methods Research Insights
Part III: Innovative Outcomes
Chapter 10: Realizing Authenticity and Quality in Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Research
Chapter 11: Embodying a Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Research Approach

Big data and increasingly sophisticated research challenges mean that we can no longer rely on ‘off the shelf’ methodologies. This book is essential reading for anyone engaging in mixed methods work, offering a positive call to action and essential guidance.

Lorraine Sheridan
Psychology, Curtin University

Cogent, practical, and based on extensive experience—this book will be especially useful to researchers navigating the space between the ideal research designs they were taught and the realities on the ground.

Arden M. Morris
Surgery, Stanford University

Poth’s framing of complex mixed methods problems reflects the importance of visualising and mapping out complex situations in research. This book acts as a particularly useful tool for developing this key skill as a mixed method researcher.

Rebecca Johnson
Health Sciences, University of Warwick

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