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Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches, 5th Edition

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This best-selling text pioneered the comparison of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research design. For all three approaches, John W. Creswell and new co-author J. David Creswell include a preliminary consideration of philosophical assumptions, key elements of the research process, a review of the literature, an assessment of the use of theory in research applications, and reflections about the importance of writing and ethics in scholarly inquiry. 


New to this Edition:


  • Updated discussion on designing a proposal for a research project and on the steps in designing a research study
  • Additional content on epistemological and ontological positioning in relation to the research question and chosen methodology and method
  • Additional updates on the transformative worldview
  • Expanded coverage on specific approaches such as case studies, participatory action research, and visual methods
  • Additional information about qualitative and quantitative data analysis, social media, online qualitative methods, and mentoring and reflexivity in qualitative methods
  • Incorporation of action research and program evaluation in mixed methods and coverage of the latest advances in the mixed methods field
  • Additional information about causality and its relationship to statistics in quantitative methods
  • Incorporation of writing discussion sections into each of the three methodologies
An invaluable guide for students and researchers across the social and behavioural sciences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Selection of a Research Approach
Chapter 2 Review of the Literature
Chapter 3 The Use of Theory
Chapter 4 Writing Strategies and Ethical Consideration
Chapter 5 The Introduction
Chapter 6 The Purpose Statement
Chapter 7 Research Questions and Hypotheses
Chapter 8 Quantitative Methods
Chapter 9 Qualitative Methods
Chapter 10 Mixed Methods Procedures
Author Index
Subject Index
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