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.

Embedded Approach

The embedded approach is a nested approach and is used when one type of data (QUAN or QUAL) is most critical to the researcher. This approach is used when different questions require different types of data (qualitative and quantitative). The embedded approach is appropriate when one type of data clearly plays a secondary role and would not be meaningful if not embedded within the primary data set. The embedded approach is also useful when the researcher logistically cannot place equal priority on both types of data or simply has little experience with one of the forms of data. Many variants of the embedded approach have been proposed, such as the embedded narrative and ethnographic designs. For many years, clinical psychologists have used ...

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