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A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research
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A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research

Second Edition


August 2021 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
For students and researchers new to mixed methods, A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research 2e by renowned author John W. Creswell provides a brief and practical introduction to mixed methods. Many graduate students and researchers in the social, behavioral and health sciences may not have the time or resources to read long treatises or stacks of journal articles on mixed methods research. This text quickly describes the basics of setting up and conducting a study using this methodology. Chapters are short and follow the process of research, from ensuring skills for conducting research, acknowledging the steps in planning a study, designing studies with increasing complexity, planning sampling strategies and integration, and writing up the results of your study. Get started in mixed methods quickly with this brief primer.

 
PREFACE
PURPOSE OF THE BOOK

 
AUDIENCE

 
FEATURES OF THIS CONCISE BOOK

 
CHAPTERS IN THE BOOK

 
NEW FEATURES IN THIS SECOND EDITION

 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
CHAPTER 1. Basic Characteristics of Mixed Methods Research
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
UNDERSTANDING MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
A DEFINITION OF MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
WHAT MIXED METHODS IS NOT

 
ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 2. Skills, Experiences, and Attitudes to Conduct Mixed Methods Research
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH SKILLS

 
MIXED METHODS SKILLS

 
MIXED METHODS TEAMS

 
EXPERIENCES IN MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
ATTITUDES TOWARD RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 3. Steps in Planning a Mixed Methods Study
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING A STUDY

 
STEPS IN THE PROCESS OF MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 4. Introducing a Mixed Methods Study
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
CONSIDERING THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD INTRODUCTION

 
INCLUDING COMPONENTS OF A MIXED METHODS INTRODUCTION

 
WRITING MIXED METHODS STUDY AIMS OR A PURPOSE STATEMENT

 
WRITING QUANTITATIVE, QUALITATIVE, AND MIXED METHODS HYPOTHESES AND QUESTIONS

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 5. Using Core Mixed Methods Designs
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
EVOLVING MIXED METHODS DESIGNS

 
UNDERSTANDING THREE CORE DESIGNS

 
CHOOSING A MIXED METHODS CORE DESIGN

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 6. Using Complex Mixed Methods Designs
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
EMBEDDING CORE DESIGNS INTO COMPLEX FRAMEWORKS OR PROCESSES

 
EMBEDDING CORE DESIGNS INTO EXPERIMENTS

 
EMBEDDING CORE DESIGNS INTO PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH STUDIES

 
EMBEDDING CORE DESIGNS INTO A MULTIPLE CASE STUDY

 
EMBEDDING CORE DESIGNS INTO AN EVALUATION STUDY

 
CHOOSING A COMPLEX DESIGN

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 7. Drawing Diagrams of Design
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
USING DIAGRAMS

 
USING TOOLS FOR DRAWING DIAGRAMS

 
IDENTIFYING ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO PLACE IN DIAGRAMS

 
DRAWING DIAGRAMS IN STEPS

 
DETAILING THE DIAGRAMS

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 8. Sampling, Integration, and Metainferences
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
EXPLORING SAMPLING, INTEGRATION, AND METAINFERENCES

 
CONDUCTING SAMPLING IN MIXED METHODS STUDIES

 
CONDUCTING MIXED METHODS INTEGRATION DATA ANALYSIS

 
DRAWING METAINFERENCES FROM THE INTEGRATION

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 9. Writing a Mixed Methods Article for Publication
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDING MIXED METHODS COMPONENTS TO A PUBLICATION

 
STRUCTURING A MIXED METHODS ARTICLE

 
DECIDING ON THE TYPE OF MIXED METHODS ARTICLE TO WRITE

 
LOCATING A SUITABLE JOURNAL

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
CHAPTER 10. Evaluating the Quality of a Mixed Methods Study
QUESTIONS ADDRESSED IN THIS CHAPTER

 
LOCATING STANDARDS OF QUALITY FOR MIXED METHODS RESEARCH

 
DETERMINING IF STANDARDS ARE APPROPRIATE

 
ASSESSING STANDARDS OF QUALITY IN THE LITERATURE

 
ADVANCING MY QUALITY STANDARDS

 
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THIS CHAPTER

 
ADDITIONAL READINGS

 
 
GLOSSARY
 
REFERENCES
 
INDEX
Key features

KEY FEATURES:

  • Provides a straightforward overview of what mixed methods is and how it is used
  • Begins each chapter with Objectives to guide the reader’s attention to what is most important
  • Concludes each chapter with a summary to promote students’ mastery of content
  • Additional readings provide opportunities to delve deeper into topics of interest
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • Separate chapters on Core Mixed Methods Designs and Complex Mixed Methods Designs provide more coverage and details on study designs
  • Chapters have been reordered to better follow the research process
  • Useful templates now help readers organize and plan their own mixed methods studies
  • An expanded discussion of sampling and integration now includes a third element, metainferences, to present the insights from an integration of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Developments in the Field are now included in a section in Chapter 1 instead of in their own chapter
  • New tables and figures have been added throughout to help visualize information
  • Recent developments from the American Psychological Association and the National Institutes of Health, as well as the author's own standards, help readers better assess the quality of mixed methods studies

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