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Mixed Methods Applications in Action Research


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Part I: Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research Chapter 1: Introducing Mixed Methods Research Definitions of Mixed Methods Research Example of a Mixed Methods Research Study Rationales for Using Mixed Methods Research Evolution of Mixed Methods Research Current Status of Mixed Methods Research Philosophical Foundation of Mixed Methods Research Methodological Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research Chapter 2: Introducing Action Research Definitions of Action Research Essentials Features of Action Research Example of an Action Research Study Conceptual Models of Action Research Methodological Characteristics of Action Research Chapter 3: Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research Connecting Mixed Methods and Action Research Advantages of Applying Mixed Methods in Action Research Application of Mixed Methods in Action Research Examples of Five MMAR Studies Part II: Designing and Conducting a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Chapter 4: Conceptualizing a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Steps in an MMAR Study Conceptualizing an MMAR Study Chapter 5: Designing a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Current Mixed Methods Design Typologies Typology of MMAR Study Designs Basic MMAR Study Designs Chapter 6: Planning Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Integration or Mixing of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative MMAR Study Designs Developing Study Purpose and Research Questions for Reconnaissance and Evaluation Phases of an MMAR Study Visual Presentation of MMAR Study Procedures Examples of Visual Diagrams in MMAR Study Designs Chapter 7: Sampling and Collecting Data in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Sampling in an MMAR Study Sampling Schemes for MMAR Study Designs Data Collection in an MMAR Study Chapter 8: Analyzing Data in a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Analyzing Quantitative Data in an MMAR Study Analyzing Qualitative Data in an MMAR Study Mixed Methods Data Analysis in an MMAR Study Chapter 9: Assessing Quality of a Mixed Methods Action Research Study Assessing Reliability and Validity of Quantitative Data and Their Interpretation in an MMAR Study Assessing Trustworthiness of Qualitative Data and Their Interpretation in an MMAR Study Addressing Quality Considerations Related to Action Research Assessing Quality in an MMAR Study Part III: Using Mixed Methods Inferences to Inform Community Action Chapter 10: Planning and Implementing Action Using Mixed Methods Action Research Study Inferences Using Meta-Inferences to Inform Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study Developing and Implementing Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study Evaluating and Monitoring Action/Intervention in an MMAR Study Disseminating MMAR Study Results Developing a Proposal for an MMAR Study

About the Author

Nataliya V. Ivankova (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham) holds a dual appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration (School of Health Professions) and the Department of Acute, Chronic and Continuing Care (School of Nursing) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches graduate research methods courses, including a two-semester sequence in mixed methods research, mixed methods applications in community-based action research, and advanced courses in qualitative research design. Her expertise is in qualitative inquiry and mixed methods research and their applications across disciplines. Her long-standing interest is in the use of mixed methods in community-based participatory action research, implementation science and translational research, which resulted in the book Mixed Methods Applications in Action Research: From Methods to Community Action (2015, Sage Publications). In addition to teaching, Nataliya mentors doctoral students in their dissertation research, and post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty in their qualitative and mixed methods funded research projects. She serves as consultant, co-investigator, and methodologist on externally and internally funded projects in education, health care, nursing, and health behavior. She is a founding Co-editor of SAGE's Mixed Methods Research Series and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and Qualitative Research Editor for the American Journal of Health Behavior. For several years, she chaired Special Interest Group Mixed Methods Research within American Educational Research Association. Currently she is actively involved with Mixed Methods International Research Association as Chair of Communication & Marketing Committee. Prior to coming to UAB, Nataliya was Research Projects Coordinator in the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the first eighteen years of her professional career she served as a member of the faculty and also as Dean for Admissions at the Izmail State University in Ukraine.


"This author has created what I believe to be a very important body of knowledge and has absolutely moved the topic in a manner that reflects current ways of thinking about research in the 21st century. The research applications presented in the textbook chapters help to make mixed method action research doable in areas that may not be reflected in previous thinking or past instructional methods for teaching research methodology."

-- Juanita A. Johnson, Union Institute & University

"The scope of the material covered is terrific and the examples are very useful... I believe that it would be of great use to anyone who is considering this type of design."

-- Laura J. Meyer, University of Denver

"Hones in on the complexities, particularities, and needs of practitioner researchers doing action research...Clearly explains integration for each mixed method type in a way I have not seen before. Figures and boxes [are] once again very valuable, organized, and clear for practitioner-researchers."

-- Debby Zambo, Arizona State University

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