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.
The goal of this guide is to provide practical applications and visual representations of the most common research designs in the fields of education, health and the social and behavioral sciences. We hope that the presentation of each design and the relevant applied examples will encourage researchers to apply many of these theoretically sound designs, which, in our opinion, are underused (particularly mixed methods). This is an applied text, focused on presenting visual aids and real-world examples, to illustrate the key points rather than covering foundational and theoretical issues. However, the importance and relevance of the theory and philosophy related to the various research methods should be noted. That is, there are many theoretical tenets and philosophical principles undergirding the use of ...