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.

Explanatory-Sequential Approach

The explanatory-sequential approach is a sequential approach and is used when the researcher is interested in following up the quantitative results with qualitative data. Thus, the qualitative data is used in the subsequent interpretation and clarification of the results from the quantitative data analysis. In many instances, because the QUAN design is the emphasis, a generic qual design is used in explanatory approaches. This two-phase approach is particularly useful for a researcher interested in explaining the findings from the first phase of the study with the qualitative data collected during Phase 2. However, either the qualitative or quantitative data (or both equally) may be the primary focus of the study (see introductory figure). For example, the qualitative phase is often emphasized ...

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