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Research Design

Research Design
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

Sixth Edition

October 2022 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Sixth Edition of the bestselling Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches provides clear and concise instruction for designing research projects or developing research proposals. This user-friendly text walks readers through research methods, from reviewing the literature to writing a research question and stating a hypothesis to designing the study. At each step in the process, authors John W. Creswell and J. David Creswell address qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches to encourage readers to choose the approach that best fits the research question. 

The Sixth Edition has been fully revised to reflect the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association with more inclusive language, updated citation styles, and updated writing suggestions. Updates reflect the latest developments in mixed methods and new research examples throughout help capture and demonstrate new trends in research.

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About the Authors
Part I: Preliminary Considerations
Chapter 1: The Selection of a Research Approach
Chapter 2: Review of the Literature
Chapter 3: The Use of Theory
Chapter 4: Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
Part II: Designing Research
Chapter 5: The Introduction
Chapter 6: The Purpose Statement
Chapter 7: Research Questions and Hypotheses
Chapter 8: Quantitative Methods
Chapter 9: Qualitative Methods
Chapter 10: Mixed Methods Procedures
Author Index
Subject Index


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“A long time ago, I participated in one of Dr. Creswell’s workshops on mixed methods research.... I am still learning from Dr. Creswell. I appreciate how he takes complex topics and makes them accessible to everyone. But I must caution my students that Dr. Creswell’s easygoing cadence and elegant descriptions sometimes mask the depth of the material. This reminds me of why he is such a highly respected researcher and teacher.”

Cassandra M. Johnson
Texas State University

“I always have enjoyed using Creswell's books (as a student and as an instructor) because the writing is straightforward.”

C. Aujean Lee
University of Oklahoma

“This book is based around dissertation chapters, and that's why I love it using in my class. Practical, concise, and to the point!”

Krishna Bista
Morgan State University

“This book is easy to use. The information and additional charts are also helpful.”

Bret D. Cormier
Southeast Missouri State University

Clear material, student support website, and faculty resources.

Dr Aaron Aaron Guest
College of Nursing & Health Innovation, Arizona State Univ-downtown
April 12, 2024

The book provides a comprehensive overview and does well at demystifying the research philosophy. I have recommended it to my level 7 students for their dissertation project.

Mrs Nicole Gould
York Business School, York St John University
March 25, 2024

This book will be added to next academic year's reading list.

Dr Joana Almeida
Centre for Applied Linguistics, Warwick University
November 24, 2023

It's a very explicit book that makes everything very easy to understand, no matter if it's a degree, a master or a PhD. Very simple usage and very well organized!

Professor Tiago Nascimento
Health, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
May 25, 2024

I am fed up with trying to get access to this "inspection copy". You don't respond to emails (and the email addresses you provide do not work). I get regular emails from you saying my ebook order is ready, but it does not appear in VitalSource and I cannot access it through any link on this web page. I am not willing to waste any more time on this. There are good alternatives.

Professor Benjamin Smith
School of Anthropology & Sociology, University of Western Australia
August 2, 2023

Excellent introduction for research methods.

Dr Trevor Maiseroulle
Technolgy & Workforce Learning, Pittsburg State University
August 9, 2023