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.

Convergent-Parallel Approach

The convergent-parallel approach is a concurrent approach and involves the simultaneous collection of qualitative and quantitative data (usually both QUAL and QUAN are the emphasis), followed by the combination and comparisons of these multiple data sources (i.e., the two methods are ultimately merged). This approach involves the collection of different but complementary data on the same phenomena. Thus, it is used for the converging and subsequent interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data. This approach is often referred to as the concurrent triangulation design (single-phase) because the data is collected and analyzed individually but at the same time.

Parallel-Databases Design

The parallel-databases design is structured so the QUAN and QUAL data are collected separately (not within the same measures) but at the same time ...

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