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Developing a Mixed Methods Proposal

Developing a Mixed Methods Proposal
A Practical Guide for Beginning Researchers

August 2016 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This practical, hands-on guide helps beginning researchers create a mixed methods research proposal for their dissertations, grants, or general research studies. The book intertwines descriptions of the components of a research proposal (introduction, literature review, research methods, etc.) with discussions of the essential elements and steps of mixed methods research. Examples from a real-world, interdisciplinary, mixed methods research study demonstrate concepts in action throughout the book, and an entire sample proposal appears at the end of the book, giving readers insight into every step up to completion. Readers who complete the exercises in each chapter will have an individualized, detailed template for their own mixed methods research proposal.

Developing a Mixed Methods Proposal is Volume 5 in the SAGE Mixed Methods Research Series. To learn more about each text in the series, please visit
Chapter 1. Why a Guide for Developing Mixed Methods Proposals?
What is Mixed Methods research?

What are the Advantages of Mixed Methods Research?

What should you consider when engaging in mixed methods research?

What does a Mixed Methods Research Proposal Look Like?

Practice Session

Chapter 2. The Role of Theory in Mixed Methods Research
What role does theory play in a mixed methods research proposal?

Practice Session

Chapter 3. Asking Appropriate Research Questions
The Role of Research Questions
Types of Research Questions

Creating Your Own Research Questions

Practice Session

Chapter 4. The Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction
Purpose of the Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction

Components of the Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction

Practice Session

Chapter 5. The Literature Review: Situating Your Mixed Methods Study in the Larger Context
The Role of the Literature Review

Preparing and Organizing Your Research Literature

The Components of the Literature Review

Writing the Literature Review


Practice Session

Chapter 6. Mixed Methods Designs: Frameworks for Organizing Your Research Methods
Learning the Language of Mixed Methods Designs

Understanding Mixed Methods Designs

Choosing a Mixed Methods Design

Visually Representing your Mixed Methods Design


Practice Session

Chapter 7. The Heart of the Mixed Methods Research Plan: Discussing Your Methods Section
The Role of the Research Methods Section

The Components of the Mixed Methods Research Section


Practice Session

Chapter 8. A Little Lagniappe…A Little Something Extra
The Supporting Sections of the Mixed Methods Proposal

Writing and Talking About Your Mixed Methods Proposal

Issues Beyond Writing the Mixed Methods Research Proposal


Practice Session

Chapter 9. An Example of a Real-World Mixed Methods Research: The Racial Microaggressions Study Proposal
Explanatory Mixed Methods Example


“This text is one of the most superior texts that I have come across in Mixed Methods Research. This is a gem of a book and a must have for any serious-minded researcher.”

Kakali Bhattacharya
Kansas State University

“This book provides the clarity of a proven design approach, so common mistakes or more often oversights don’t happen.”

Catharine Dishke Hondzel
The University of Western Ontario

“The book can serve as a reference for my students’ dissertation writing. Also, from teaching point of view, the book also provides good activities for the instructors to use in their instructions.”

Lu Liu
University of La Verne

We have all waited a long time for a good book on developing a mixed methods proposal. DeCuir-Gunby and Schutz have delivered this book to us. They write in clear, straight-forward language, they include the latest advances in mixed methods, they incorporate activities, further readings, and sample sessions illustrating the use of each chapter's content. I especially liked the ‘real-world’ sample proposal at the end on racial microaggressions. I will encourage workshop participants and students to study this chapter closely. This is a must-read book in the field of mixed methods.

John W. Creswell
University of Michigan

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 5

Jessica DeCuir-Gunby

Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby, PhD is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and University Scholar in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at NC State University. She serves as a faculty mentor with the multidisciplinary and inter-institutional Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also an associate editor for the American Educational Research Journal. DeCuir-Gunby’s research interests include race and racial identity development, critical race theory, mixed methods research, and emotions in education. She recently served as Co-PI on two National Science... More About Author

Paul A. Schutz

Paul A. Schutz, PhD is currently a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests include the nature of emotion, the influence of emotional experiences on teachers’ identity development, research methods and issues related to race and social justice. He has several publications related to the use of mixed methods and has taught a variety of different research methods course, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research courses. He is a past president for Division 15: Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a former co... More About Author

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