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.

Narrative Perspective

The narrative approach involves gathering information, in the form of storytelling by the participant, for the purpose of understanding a phenomenon. Humans are storytelling beings by nature; we lead storied lives, both individually and collectively. Ultimately, the narrative approach is most widely used in the disciplines of psychology and psychiatry and is the study of the multitude of ways humans experience the world. Specifically, this approach involves collaboration between the researcher and participant, as a way to understand phenomena through stories lived and told. The narrative design involves (a) the exploration of a single participant or a small sample of participants, (b) gathering data through the collection of stories, (c) retelling the stories (restorying), and (d) reviewing the story with the participant ...

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