Understanding and Evaluating Research: A Critical Guide shows students how to be critical consumers of research and to appreciate the power of methodology as it shapes the research question, the use of theory in the study, the methods used, and how the outcomes are reported. The book starts with what it means to be a critical and uncritical reader of research, followed by a detailed chapter on methodology, and then proceeds to a discussion of each component of a research article as it is informed by the methodology. The book encourages readers to select an article from their discipline, learning along the way how to assess each component of the article and come to a judgment of its rigor or quality as a scholarly report.

Reporting Quantitative Methods and Mixed Methods Research

Reporting Quantitative Methods and Mixed Methods Research

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic steps involved in both quantitative and mixed methods studies
  • Articulate in great detail the relevant research conventions that should be used when reporting and writing the Methods section of quantitative and mixed methods studies
  • Become familiar with the most agreed-to approaches and terms about research integrity, rigor, and quality for quantitative methods and the attendant strategies to meet the standards for this research methodology
  • Compare and contrast the seven main quantitative research designs
  • Compare and contrast the various mixed methods research designs
  • Justify the necessity of ensuring some degree of data integration in mixed methods studies
  • Distinguish between design rigor and interpretative rigor for mixed methods studies


Chapter 9 addressed the research conventions that ...

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