This is a book about research design. In particular, it is about research designs for projects that collect both qualitative and quantitative data, so that their combined strengths will accomplish more than would have been possible with any one method. The approach presented here is broadly interdisciplinary, because Mixed Methods Research has interested social scientists from a great many fields, including: Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, Evaluation, Nursing, Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, and Urban Studies. Because this book emphasizes practical research designs, it will be most useful to practicing researchers -- including both students who intend to pursue such a career and those who already devote their energy to collecting and analyzing data. Whether you are a student or a more experienced researcher, you will learn how Mixed Methods Research gets done in the real world.
David L. Morgan is a professor emeritus in Department of Sociology at Portland State University. He is a sociological social psychologist, who is widely known for his work on focus groups, including his book, Focus Groups as Qualitative Research, and as coauthor of The Focus Group Kit. In addition, he has worked extensively on mixed methods, including a book for SAGE, Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. Most recently, he has published Essentials of Dyadic Interviewing for Routledge, and A New Era in Focus Group Research, co-edited, with Rosaline Barbour, for Palgrave.
Chapter 1. An Introduction and Overview Chapter 2. Pragmatism as a Paradigm for Mixed Methods Research Chapter 3. Research Design and Research Methods Chapter 4. Motivations for Using Mixed Methods Research Chapter 5. The Sequential Priorities Model Chapter 6. Preliminary Qualitative Inputs in Quantitative Research Projects Chapter 7. Preliminary Quantitative Inputs in Core Qualitative Research Projects Chapter 8. Follow-up Qualitative Extensions in Quantitative Research Projects Chapter 9. Follow-up Quantitative Extensions in Qualitative Research Projects Chapter 10. Multipart Sequential Designs Chapter 11. Finding the Expertise to Combine Multiple Methods Chapter 12. Conclusions: Further Thoughts About Research Design