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Research Design

Research Design
Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

Fourth Edition
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October 2019 | 244 pages | SAGE South Asia

Design a proposal with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research in the human and social sciences with various approaches.

The fourth edition of this well-accepted textbook provides a unique comparison of the three approaches to research inquiry in the human and social sciences: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. It begins with preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions for all three approaches—a review of the literature, an assess­ment of the use of theory in research approaches, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. The book then goes on to address the key elements of the process of research—writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, and advancing methods and procedures for data collection and analysis. The book will be useful for students and faculty who seek assistance in preparing a plan or proposal for a scholarly journal article, dissertation, or thesis.

Key Features:

• A book-end glossary of terms to provide a working language for understanding research

• Plethora of examples drawn from varied disciplines and from books, journal articles, dissertation proposals, and dissertations

• Dedicated companion website offering a wealth of resources for use by instructors in the classroom as well as students for self-study.

The Selection of a Research Approach
Review of the Literature
The Use of Theory
Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations
The Introduction
The Purpose Statement
Research Questions and Hypotheses
Quantitative Methods
Qualitative Methods
Mixed Method Procedures


John Ward Creswell

John W. Creswell, PhD, is a Professor of Family Medicine and Senior Research Scientist of the Michigan Mixed Methods Program. He has authored numerous articles and 34 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 the Mixed Methods Research Office, co-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 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was a Senior... More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353287351