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The Mixed Methods Reader

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December 2007 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"It premieres the most adept researchers in the field who have bravely and soundly followed mixed methodology approaches."
—NACADA (National ACademic ADvising Association)

In recent years, researchers have begun to combine quantitative and qualitative approaches within single study research designs. As such, the literature on mixed methods research has grown at a rapid pace. While more methodological books addressing mixed methods are becoming available, the foundational writings of this field are still scattered across diverse disciplines and their wide range of publications outlets, leaving students and researchers at a disadvantage to find the exemplary or model studies to help them understand how to conduct their own mixed methods research.

In light of the dispersed nature of the mixed methods literature, The Mixed Methods Reader editors have organized a collection of key methodological mixed methods discussions and exemplar mixed methods research studies in one easy-to-access location. This integrative collection draws from the international literature appearing across diverse research disciplines over the past thirty years. The Mixed Methods Reader is divided into two parts: Part I – Methodological Selections and Part II – Exemplar Research Studies. Part I includes a collection of 14 foundational writings from the mixed methods research literature. These readings convey the overall development and evolution of mixed methods research and address essential topics for researchers new to the field of mixed methods research. These topics include its foundations; design types; implementation issues such as sampling, data analysis, and validity; rhetorical devices for reporting mixed methods studies; and critiques about the current thinking in the field. Part II includes 9 exemplar mixed methods research studies drawn from a range of disciplines and international scholars. The studies were intentionally selected to illustrate four major types of mixed methods designs. As with the methodological chapters, the editors organize the exemplar research studies so that the reader can see a natural progression of the different approaches to conducting mixed methods research.

The Mixed Methods Reader, edited by two leading researchers in mixed methods research, offers students and researchers a rich balance of foundational works and exemplary studies across a range of disciplines. This reader is an invaluable primary or supplementary resource for courses that address mixed methods research.

Key Features:

  • Each of the 14 foundational readings offers a brief introduction by the editors, discussing the reading's overall importance to mixed methods research and explaining what aspect of the research process is addressed.
  • The foundational readings are organized around the research process to facilitate its use as a text or supplement for research courses emphasizing mixed methods approaches. They cover research design types and purposes, data collection, data analysis, reporting of mixed methods studies, and future directions.
  • Each of the 9 exemplary studies include a brief commentary from the editors, highlighting the noteworthy features of the article. These exemplary studies range in discipline and setting yet focus intently on the research process and the various ways of conducting mixed methods studies.
  • Visual diagrams accompany each exemplary study: These visual diagrams will convey the overall structure and approach used in each of the studies.
  • Discussion questions accompanying each selection further call attention to the key points and help a student or individual researcher to tie together the core concepts presented in the commentaries and articles.

 
List of Editor's Introduction Figures
 
Introduction
 
Part I. Methodological Selections
 
Chapter 1. The Evolution of Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 2. Pragmatism as a Philosophical Foundation for Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 3. The Transformative-Emancipatory Perspective as a Philosophical Foundation for Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 4. Triangulation as the First Mixed Methods Design
 
Chapter 5. Identifying the Purposes for Mixed Methods Designs
 
Chapter 6. A Notation System for Mixed Methods Designs
 
Chapter 7. An Expanded Typology for Classifying Mixed Methods Research Into Designs
 
Chapter 8. Different Sampling Techniques for Mixed Methods Studies
 
Chapter 9. Data Analysis Strategies in Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 10. Expanding the Reasons for Conducting Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 11. Types of Legitimation (Validity) in Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 12. Powerful Rhetorical Devices Used in Writing Mixed Methods Research
 
Chapter 13. An Improved Role for Qualitative Research in Mixed Methods
 
Chapter 14. An Alternative to Reconciling the Different Realities of Qualitative and Quantitative Research
 
Part II. Exemplar Research Studies
 
Chapter 15. A Concurrent/Triangulation Mixed Methods Design With Merged Results
 
Chapter 16. A Concurrent/Triangulation Mixed Methods Design With Data Transformation
 
Chapter 17. An Embedded Experimental Before-Intervention Mixed Methods Design
 
Chapter 18. An Embedded Experimental During-Intervention Mixed Methods Design
 
Chapter 19. An Embedded Experimental After-Intervention Mixed Methods Design
 
Chapter 20. A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Design to Explain Findings
 
Chapter 21. A Sequential Explanatory Mixed Methods Design With Participant Selection
 
Chapter 22. A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Design With Instrument Development
 
Chapter 23. A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Design to Generate and Test a Model
 
References Cited in the Editors' Introductions
 
Index

Another example of good information on an accepted research method that would be a useful addition to any research students 'library'

Mr David Atkinson
Department of Health & Human Sciences, Essex University
January 10, 2013

An excellenent source of up to date literature on mixed methods for PG students. Will use as highly recommended if not not essential of students wishing to embark on a mixed methods research design. Gives a complete overview of views on mixed methods applications with enough examples to make sense of this 'new' methodology.

Mr Eustathios Sainidis
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
December 17, 2012

Is probably a little more detailed about a specific methodology than the broad based course we teach our masters students

Dr Stephen Thompson
Social Science , National-Louis University
October 2, 2012

Don't want to add another book

Dr Jeanne Thomas
Social Work Dept, Eastern Michigan University
June 18, 2012

A very good guide for mixed methods research

Mr Mohammed Jakhara
FEHS, Derby University
May 2, 2012

course design is more qualitative now.

Dr David Campbell
Education Human Perform Div, Concord University
January 27, 2012

This book is recommended reading for researchers and students who wish to embark on a mixed methods research design and would like to understand how the mixed methods typologies translate into actual research studies. It is also recommended that this text should be read in conjunction to Cresswell's (2011) Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research although the latter updates some of the typologies mentioned in the Mixed Methods reader.

Dr Alecia Samuels
Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, University of Pretoria
December 1, 2011

Insightful and informative. Recommended reading reading for my MSW students.

Dr Simon Cauvain
Social Work , Sheffield Hallam University
October 10, 2011

T he reader covers a variety of mixed methods applications.

Dr Victor Ferreros
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Walden University
June 24, 2011

For my class, I Needed more introductory level explanations of separate methods before turning to combined methods.

Professor Kelly Rossetto
Communication Dept, Boston College
June 2, 2011
Key features
    • Each of 10 foundational readings offers a brief introduction by the editors, discussing the reading's overall importance to mixed methods research and explaining what aspect of the research process is addressed.
    • The foundational readings are organized around the research process to facilitate its use as a text or supplement for research courses emphasizing mixed methods approaches. They cover research design types and purposes, data collection, data analysis, reporting of mixed methods studies, and future directions. 
    • Each of 8 exemplary studies include a brief commentary from the editors, highlighting the noteworthy features of the article. These exemplary studies range in discipline and setting yet focus intently on the research process and the various ways of conducting mixed methods studies. 
    • Visual diagrams accompany each exemplary study: These visual diagrams will convey the overall structure and approach used in each of the studies.
    • Discussion questions at the end of each exemplary article further call attention to the key points that a student or individual researcher tie together the core concepts presented in the commentaries and articles.

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