The Mixed Methods Reader

The Mixed Methods Reader


Edited by Vicki L. Plano Clark, Edited by John W. Creswell

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  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 640 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 23mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 12 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Thousand Oaks
  • ISBN 10: 1412951453
  • ISBN 13: 9781412951456
  • Illustrations note: black & white tables, figures
  • Sales rank: 367,863

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In light of the dispersed nature of the mixed methods literature, the editors have organized a collection of key discussions and examples of 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.

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Author information

Vicki L. Plano Clark (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an assistant professor in the Quantitative and Mixed Methods Research Methodologies concentration of Educational Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her specialization includes mixed methods research designs and qualitative research. She is interested in the procedural issues that arise when implementing different mixed methods designs and how mixed methods research is applied in different disciplines. She has co-authored numerous methodological discussions as well as empirical studies using qualitative and mixed methods approaches in science education, family research, and nursing. She served as the founding managing editor of the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (SAGE), and is now an Associate Editor with JMMR. Along with Nataliya Ivankova, she also serves as co-editor for SAGE's Mixed Methods Research Series. Before joining the University of Cincinnati in 2012, she directed the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Her original training was in physics and she served as the Laboratory Manager in the UNL Department of Physics and Astronomy (1993-2005), working with the Research in Physics Education Group, and was a principal investigator on three National Science Foundation projects. John W. Creswell is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to teaching at the University, he has authored numerous articles on mixed methods research, qualitative methodology, and general research design and 22 books (including new editions), many of which focus on types of research designs, comparisons of different qualitative methodologies, and the nature and use of mixed methods research. His books are translated into many languages and used around the world. He held the Clifton Institute Endowed Professor Chair for five years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For an additional five year, Dr. Creswell served as a co-director at the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which provided support for scholars incorporating qualitative and mixed methods research into projects for extramural funding. He served as the founding Co-Editor for the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and as an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan where he assisted investigators in the health sciences and education with research methodology for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation projects. He also served extensively as a consultant in the health services research area for the Veterans Administration. Dr. Creswell was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to South Africa and in 2008 lectured to faculty at five universities on mixed methods in education and the health sciences. In 2012 he again was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. In 2011 he served as a co-leader of a national working group at NIH developing "best practices" for mixed methods research in the health sciences. In spring 2013, Dr. Creswell was a Visiting Professor at Harvard's School of Public Health. In summer, 2013, he conducted mixed methods training at Cambridge University in the UK. In 2014, he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Review quote

"It premieres the most adept researchers in the field who have bravely and soundly followed mixed methodology approaches." -- Heather T. Zeng "Excellent book for students gaining a masters or doctorial degree." -- Gineida Morales-Guasch, Ed.D.

Table of contents

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