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Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research


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List of Figures List of Tables Preface Purpose of the Book Audience for the Book Book Features New Features Added to the Third Edition Acknowledgments About the Authors Chapter 1 * The Nature of Mixed Methods Research Defining Mixed Methods Research Examples of Mixed Methods Studies What Research Problems Require Mixed Methods? What Are the Advantages of Using Mixed Methods? What Are the Challenges in Using Mixed Methods? Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 2 * The Foundations of Mixed Methods Research Historical Foundations Philosophical Foundations Theoretical Foundations Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 3 * Core Mixed Methods Designs Key Concepts That Inform Mixed Methods Designs The Three Core Mixed Methods Designs Additional Considerations in Choosing a Core Design Describing a Design in a Written Report Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 4 * Complex Applications of Core Mixed Methods Designs Intersecting Core Mixed Methods Designs With Other Research Approaches or Frameworks Four Prominent Types of Complex Mixed Methods Designs Drawing Diagrams of Complex Applications Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 5 * Introducing a Mixed Methods Study Writing a Mixed Methods Title Stating the Research Problem in the Introduction Developing the Purpose Statement Writing Research Questions and Hypotheses Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 6 * Collecting Data in Mixed Methods Research Procedures in Collecting Qualitative and Quantitative Data General Considerations for Data Collection in Mixed Methods Data Collection Within the Mixed Methods Designs Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 7 * Analyzing and Interpreting Data in Mixed Methods Research Procedures in Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation Mixed Methods Data Analysis and Interpretation Integrated Data Analysis and Interpretation Within the Mixed Methods Designs Validity and Mixed Methods Designs Software Applications and Mixed Methods Data Analysis Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 8 * Writing and Evaluating Mixed Methods Research General Guidelines for Writing Relate the Mixed Methods Structure to the Type of Writing Evaluating a Mixed Methods Study Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Chapter 9 * Advances in Mixed Methods Research Advances in Mining Data Advances in the Insight Gained Through the Value of Mixed Methods Research Advances in Mixed Methods Designs Advances in Representations of Design Procedures Advances in Integration Advances in Creating Mixed Methods Questions and Study Aims Advances in Representing Integration Through Joint Displays Advances in Mixed Methods Validity Advances in Understanding Skills Required for Mixed Methods Advances in Publishing Mixed Methods Manuscripts Summary Activities Additional Resources to Examine Appendix A: Unwritten Rules of Talking to Doctors About Depression: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Appendix B: Students' Persistence in a Distributed Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in Higher Education: A Mixed Methods Study Appendix C: The Development of Client Violence Questionnaire (CVQ) Appendix D: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Robotic Gait Training and Gait-Focused Physical Therapy Programs for Children and Youth With Cerebral Palsy: A Mixed Methods RCT Appendix E: Reconciling Data From Different Sources: Practical Realities of Using Mixed Methods to Identify Effective High School Practices Appendix F: Understanding Transitions in Care From Hospital to Homeless Shelter: A Mixed-Methods, Community-Based Participatory Approach Appendix G: Mixed Methods in Intervention Research: Theory to Adaptation Glossary References Index

About the Author

John W. Creswell, PhD, is a professor of family medicine and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous articles and 28 books on mixed methods research, qualitative research, and research design. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he held the Clifton Endowed Professor Chair, served as director of a mixed methods research office, founded SAGE's Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and was an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Administration health services research center. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa in 2008 and to Thailand in 2012. In 2011, he co-led a national working group on mixed methods practices at the National Institutes of Health, served as a visiting professor at Harvard's School of Public Health, and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. In 2014, he was the president of the Mixed Methods International Research Association. In 2015, he joined the staff of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan. John has been teaching research methods courses for the past 40 years.. Vicki L. Plano Clark, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies area of the University of Cincinnati's School of Education. Her methodological scholarship aims to delineate useful designs for conducting mixed methods research, examine procedural issues associated with achieving meaningful integration within these designs, and consider larger questions about the personal, interpersonal, and social contexts for the adoption and use of mixed methods. She recently coauthored the book Mixed Methods Research: A Guide to the Field (2016; SAGE) with Nataliya V. Ivankova and has coauthored several books with John W. Creswell, including The Mixed Methods Reader (2008; SAGE) and Understanding Research: A Consumer's Guide (2010, 2015; Pearson Education). She is a founding coeditor of the Mixed Methods Research Series (SAGE Publishing). She also currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (JMMR) and Program Chair for the Mixed Methods Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. In 2011, she co-led the development of Best Practices for Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences for the National Institutes of Health Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Her teaching focuses on foundations of research methodologies and mixed methods research, including a two-semester mixed methods sequence and special topics courses. She also engages in research and evaluation projects on a wide array of topics such as the management of cancer pain, researchers' development of visual displays, the effectiveness of school reform initiatives, the quality of communication between attorneys and their clients, and the development of innovative curricular materials for undergraduate physics.


"The go-to text for mixed methods research."

-- Regardt Ferreira

"Creswell and Plano Clark have captured recent changes within mixed methods research, and these are reflected in this dynamic, salient book!"

-- Susan Sweat Gunby

"An excellent guide for the design and conduct of mixed methods research!"

-- Mansoo Yu

"Readers of the book will understand the expanding breadth of multiple methods, the value of complex methods for sophisticated analysis of problems, and how to use and evaluate mixed methods in research."

-- Joseph Drew

"This updated edition provides thoughtful consideration to how the field of mixed methods research has changed, including how the authors' own definitions and typologies have refined. It also provides a discussion of a diverse array of empirical studies from prominent and emerging mixed methods scholars, highlighting the strength and potential of this field for social and behavioral sciences."

-- Peggy Shannon-Baker

"Creswell and Plano Clark do excellent work in showing the evolution of mixed-methods research. One of the highlights of this edition is the addition of scaffolds that guide writing sections of a mixed-methods study."

-- Senay Purzer

"Narrowing down the research methods to three primary types and then providing application methods and basic step-by-step instructions, along with great resources in the appendix and outside contributions, makes this a must have book in any academic study leading to research development."

-- Natalie Ellis

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