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Research Design and Methods

Research Design and Methods
An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner

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October 2019 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner is written for students seeking advanced degrees who want to use evidence-based research to support their practice. This practical and accessible text addresses the foundational concepts of research design and methods; provides a more detailed exploration of designs and approaches popular with graduate students in applied disciplines; covers qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods designs; discusses ethical considerations and quality in research; and provides guidance on writing a research proposal.

Michael Quinn Patton
Gary J. Burkholder, Linda M. Crawford, Kimberley A. Cox, and John H. Hitchcock
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Part I: Foundations in Research Design
Gary J. Burkholder
Chapter 1: Introduction to Research
Gary J. Burkholder and Patricia M. Burbank
Chapter 2: Philosophical Foundations and the Role of Theory in Research
Linda M. Crawford
Chapter 3: Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks in Research
Part II: Research Design and Analysis
Kimberley A. Cox
Chapter 4: Quantitative Research Designs
Justus J. Randolph
Chapter 5: Quantitative Analysis
Linda M. Crawford
Chapter 6: Qualitative Research Designs
Paul Mihas
Chapter 7: Qualitative Analysis
Bonnie K. Nastasi
Chapter 8: Mixed Methods Designs and Approaches
Sarah E. P. Munce and Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie
Chapter 9: Mixed Methods Analysis
Part III: Data Collection
Linda M. Crawford and Laura Knight Lynn
Chapter 10: Interviewing Essentials for New Researchers
Kimberley A. Cox
Chapter 11: Survey Research
Part IV: Research Quality and Ethics
Molly S. Stewart and John H. Hitchcock
Chapter 12: Quality Considerations
Kimberley A. Cox
Chapter 13: Ethical Considerations
Part V: Selected Research Designs and Approaches
Paula Dawidowicz
Chapter 14: Phenomenology
Annie Pezalla
Chapter 15: Grounded Theory
Kurt Schoch
Chapter 16: Case Study Research
Louis Milanesi
Chapter 17: Program Evaluation
Craig A. Mertler
Chapter 18: Action Research
Part VI: Writing and Disseminating Research
Annie Pezalla
Chapter 19: Critiquing and Synthesizing the Literature
Linda M. Crawford, Gary J. Burkholder, and Kimberley A. Cox
Chapter 20: Writing the Research Proposal
John H. Hitchcock
Chapter 21: Disseminating Research: Cultivating a Healthy Dissemination Attitude Among New Scholars


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“The chapters in this text are logically and clearly organized around levels of understanding that are intuitive and easy to follow. They offer dynamic examples that will keep students engaged. Readers will learn to connect theory and practice, helping them become better researchers, and better consumers of research.”

Lynette D. Nickleberry
SUNY Empire State College

Research Design and Methods: An Applied Guide for the Scholar-Practitioner is a must-read for both new and seasoned researchers. Every topic in the text is comprehensively explained with excellent examples.”

Francis Godwyll
University of West Florida

“This text provides clear and concise discussions of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research for the new scholar-practitioner. The use of questioning and visuals affords students the opportunity to make connections and reflect on their learning.”

Holly Haynes
Truett McConnell University

“The edited nature of this book provides a multitude of rich perspectives from well-respected authors. This book is a must-have for introductory research methods students.”

Eric D. Teman
University of Wyoming

“This is an excellent read for anyone interested in understanding research, the book provides good clarity and practical examples…. It is a pragmatic book that translates research concepts into practice.”

Peter Memiah
University of West Florida

Clear chapters. Acessible format

Miss Amy Edwards-Smith
Faculty of Health, University of Central Lancashire
March 20, 2023

It contains most of what I needed for my Research Methods class. Very good book!

Dr Jean Amost Cadet
Public Health and Wellness, Andrews University-Michigan
April 12, 2020

Current book looks better to teach.

Hideki Takei
Info Tech Admin Mgmt Dept, Central Washington University
February 5, 2020

A user-friendly, relevant, and applicable resource for all scholar-practitioners.

Dr Natasha N. Johnson
Criminal Justice Dept, Georgia State University
November 23, 2019

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