The Mixed Methods Research Workbook
Activities for Designing, Implementing, and Publishing Projects
- Michael D. Fetters - Mixed Methods Program & Family Medicine, University of Michigan, USA
Mixed Methods Research Series
Mixed Methods | Mixed Methods Research | Public Health Mixed Methods
Written by Michael D. Fetters, one of the leading scholars in the field and co-editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, The Mixed Methods Research Workbook: Activities for Designing, Implementing, and Publishing Projects is the perfect tool for doctoral students and researchers who want support throughout their research project, as well as a practical way to apply the knowledge they’ve learned. With The Mixed Methods Research Workbook, you’ll be ready to tackle your mixed methods research project with confidence.
Each chapter follows a familiar framework, starting with learning objectives for each piece of the mixed methods process. Readers have ample space in this text to write notes, fill out activities, and begin their process of actively designing and writing up a mixed methods study. This easy-to follow process gives readers an immediate structure to their projects. Exemplar boxes provide a starting framework, with the text encouraging deeper reflection on mixed methods challenges and opportunities. Stories from the field illuminate struggles and suggestions with the benefit of hindsight. Checklists at the end of each chapter help readers stay organized and key resources provide up-to-date lists of material for further study.
From start to finish, readers can follow along with this text as they work on their projects. The text begins by assisting readers in identifying topics and conducting literature reviews in the context of mixed methods, zeroing in to address mixed-methods-specific challenges like integration, leveraging advantages of both qualitative and quantitative methods, and incorporating theory and personal backgrounds. Identifying data sources helps readers organize their data collection. Two chapters on research designs structure the data collection process with procedural diagrams. A unique chapter on mixed methods sampling offers application through basic and advanced designs. The book illustrates integrating and implementing mixed methods designs with practical advice for each of stage of the process. Ethics in a mixed methods context readies readers for the research protocol stage. Several chapters fully explicate the data analysis process, including developing a joint display, a state-of-the-art procedure for analysis and presentation of findings. Closing out the process, the text tackles quality and evaluation in mixed methods studies, preparing your study for publication, and writing up your article.
“Mixed methods has become a popular research approach among our graduate students. Unlike any other methods textbook, Michael D. Fetters’ book, through workbook activities, provides our students excellent, straightforward, hands-on experience for designing, implementing, and publishing their projects.”
"Originally, I assigned this book as an optional resource in my mixed methods courses, but the students and I loved it so much that it's now here to stay! The Mixed Methods Research Workbook is a truly excellent source for newcomers and experienced mixed methods researchers alike!"
“This workbook is an interesting and useful resource for scholars, graduate students, and individuals with an interest in mixed methods research. Various characteristics and problems of research are introduced through the chapters, which may be useful in the classroom context and the research process as well. Using understandable but professional language supports the reader in understanding the content of the book. I would suggest using it in university and doctoral courses as well as in the professional development of university lecturers.”
“This is an excellent resource and reference book by Michael D. Fetters (2020), The Mixed Methods Research Workbook. I will strongly recommend this book to academics, educators, clinicians, researchers, and students who are starting to embark on Mixed Methods research. As a lecturer in health education in higher education, I find this book a great addition to my reading list; it also provided me with some teaching ideas. It offers great and unique advantage in comparison to other textbooks in that it is also a workbook with several practical activities to work on.”
“As a doctoral student, I was struggling with trying to make sense of my dissertation project, which was a complex mixed methods research design and intersecting mixed methods research and social network analysis. It was so hard to make connections among multiple, moving pieces of my mixed methods research project and convince my audience (i.e., committee members). This book helped me be more thoughtful about designing and implementing my dissertation research project through its effective activities and critical and thought-provoking questions.
This is the book that can help you break through your barriers to design, implement, and publish your culminating projects! I highly recommend benefiting from this beneficial resource that helps you organize your thoughts and your research project.”
“One of the most important components of carrying out a mixed methods research project is being able to clearly demonstrate the integration (the mixing of two approaches) as a unique piece that is a major contributing piece for the solution or understanding of a particular research problem or question. This integration goes beyond any one single approach and assists in delving deeper into complex phenomena that multiple approaches may not be able to examine. This textbook /workbook, through its new instructional way of presenting the concepts to novice researchers, permits for the correct implementation of such concepts by assisting the research to follow, minimally, required design steps in the process and carry them out correctly.”
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I am developing a Mixed Methods class at my college. This book provides great hands-on application of the learning. I look forward to the student input about the book.
This is a very exciting new workbook, thank you. The workbook style presentation ensures engagement from the reader and the activities help 'digest' the materials presented. A particularly valuable section of this text is the exploration of the functions and representations of 'joint display' analysis as a way of ringing together both quantitative (or quantifiable) and qualitative data. This is novel and I will encourage students, researchers to take a serious look and use it to frame their approach to analysing mixed methods data in a combined way. Super useful.
This is a very good resource for students and teaching