The Second Edition of An Applied Guide to Research Designs offers researchers in the social and behavioral sciences guidance for selecting the most appropriate research design to apply in their study. Using consistent terminology, the authors visually present a range of research designs used in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods to help readers conceptualize, construct, test, and problem solve in their investigation. The Second Edition features revamped and expanded coverage of research designs, new real-world examples and references, a new chapter on action research, and updated ancillaries.

Qualitative Methods

This part includes four popular approaches to the qualitative method, followed by some of the associated basic designs (accompanied by brief descriptions of published studies that use the design). Visit the companion website at to access valuable instructor and student resources. These resources include PowerPoint slides, discussion questions, class activities, SAGE journal articles, web resources, and online data sets.

The qualitative method represents a form of data collection and analysis, with a focus on understanding and an emphasis on meaning. Research under the qualitative method is considered emerging and nonexperimental. This method is often used to explore the “how” and “why” of systems and human behavior and what governs these behaviors. Specifically, it is a method for examining phenomena, predominantly using “words” ...

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