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.

Mixed Methods, Case Studies, and Single-Case Approaches

The primary reason for using mixed methods is to maximize the use of blending methods to answer research questions within a study (i.e., converge and confirm results from different methodological techniques). Keep in mind that the use and application of mixed methods in education and the social and behavioral sciences are still relatively new and evolving (see Tashakkori & Teddlie, 2010b). Many of the designs presented are difficult to locate in the literature; that is, authors typically do not indicate the name of the mixed method research design (or use different names) in their published manuscripts. Nonetheless, there is a growing interest and need for the application of mixed methods as a means to reveal complex and ...

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