Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

by John W. Creswell, J. David Creswell

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This bestselling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co-author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions; key elements of the research process; a review of the literature; an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry.

New to this Edition

  • Updated discussion on designing a proposal for a research project and on the steps in designing a research study.  
  • Additional content on epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology and method. 
  • Additional updates on the transformative worldview. 
  • Expanded coverage on specific approaches such as case studies, participatory action research, and visual methods. 
  • Additional information about social media, online qualitative methods, and mentoring and reflexivity in qualitative methods. 
  • Incorporation of action research and program evaluation in mixed methods and coverage of the latest advances in the mixed methods field
  • Additional coverage on qualitative and quantitative data analysis software in the respective methods chapters. 
  • Additional information about causality and its relationship to statistics in quantitative methods. 
  • Incorporation of writing discussion sections into each of the three methodologies. 
  • Current references and additional readings are included in this new edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506386683
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 204,477
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

John W. Creswell, PhD, is a professor of family medicine and codirector 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. Visit him at his website:

Table of Contents

Analytic Contents of Research Techniques
Outline of Chapters
Companion Website
About the Authors
Chapter 1 The Selection of a Research Approach
The Three Approaches to Research
Three Components Involved in an Approach
Research Approaches as Worldviews, Designs, and Methods
Criteria for Selecting a Research Approach
Additional Readings
Chapter 2 Review of the Literature
The Research Topic
The Literature Review
Additional Readings
Chapter 3 The Use of Theory
Quantitative Theory Use
Qualitative Theory Use
Mixed Methods Theory Use
Additional Readings
Chapter 4 Writing Strategies and Ethical Consideration
Writing the Proposal
Writing Ideas
Ethical Issues to Anticipate
Additional Readings
Chapter 5 The Introduction
The Importance of Introductions
An Abstract for a Study
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Introductions
A Model for an Introduction
Additional Readings
Chapter 6 The Purpose Statement
Significance and Meaning of a Purpose Statement
Additional Readings
Chapter 7 Research Questions and Hypotheses
Qualitative Research Question
Quantitative Research Questions and Hypotheses
Mixed Methods Research Questions and Hypotheses
Additional Readings
Chapter 8 Quantitative Methods
Defining Surveys and Experiments
Components of a Survey Study Method Plan
Components of an Experimental Study Method Plan
Additional Readings
Chapter 9 Qualitative Methods
The Characteristics of Qualitative Research
Qualitative Designs
The Researcher’s Role and Ref
Data Collection Procedures
Data Recording Procedures
Data Analysis Procedures
Validity and Reliability
Writing the Qualitative Report
Additional Readings
Chapter 10 Mixed Methods Procedures
Components of Mixed Methods Procedures
Types of Mixed Methods Designs
A Procedure for Embedding Core Designs Into Complex Designs
Factors Important in Choosing a Mixed Methods Design
Examples of Mixed Methods Procedures
Additional Readings
Author Index
Subject Index

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Research Design 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
jorgecardoso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book for those beggining to write a PhD proposal. It talks about the different types of knowledge claims and the typical research methods associated with them. It also offers very specific advice and even templates for content for different sections of the proposal such as the Introduction and Objectives sections. I found it a very practical book.
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Great source to cite from!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only reservation is that it is limited unnecessarily to the social sciences. The advice would apply to a broader set of academic disciplines. Lots of good examples.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a text used for one of my doctoral classes. I found this to be one of the best and practical books to explain basics to doctoral research design.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was forced to read this book for a graduate methodology course at Harvard. This is a verbose text on how to write an academically acceptable research paper. It overtly accepts all the suppositions of the academic writing process, many of which are highly debatable, while thoroughly venerating highbrow academia¿s proclivity for political correctness and leftism. Some portions border on the ridiculous and literally outright laughable with respect to how pedantic they are. The only reason this book was written, as he himself notes implicitly at one point, was that someone was going to write it. The simple lack of an authoritative text on graduate research methods begged for someone to hammer out 230+ pages of nonsense. Then again, ¿John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Teachers College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln,¿ so it not like this pursuit comes as a big surprise. If you find the Chicago Manual of Style to be intriguing and edifying, and / or you are a total tool of the academic system, then this book is for you¿