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.

Quantitative Methods for Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Research

Part I includes four popular approaches to the quantitative method (experimental and quasi-experimental only), followed by some of the associated basic designs (accompanied by brief descriptions of published studies that used the design). Visit the companion website at to access valuable instructor and student resources. These resources include PowerPoint slides, discussion questions, class activities, SAGE journal articles, web resources, and online data sets.

Figure I.1 Quantitative Method Flowchart

Note: Quantitative methods for experimental and quasi-experimental research are shown here, followed by the approach and then the design.

Research in quantitative methods essentially refers to the application of the systematic steps of the scientific method, while using quantitative properties (i.e., numerical systems) to research the relationships or effects of ...

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