Research Design

Research design issues for mixed method and mixed model studies

Tashakkori, Abbas & Teddlie, Charles (1998) In A. Tashakkori & C. Teddlie, Mixed Methodology: Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, pp. 40-58. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Description: Discusses the concept of triangulation from various perspectives and the variety of approaches to implementing mixed methods research. Builds on Patton’s (1990) discussion of ‘mixed form’ design to a broader model in order to develop a taxonomy for distinguishing various mixed method designs and approaches.

Designing Qualitative Studies

Patton, Michael Quinn (2001) Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, In Michael Quinn Patton, Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods, 3rd edition, pp.209-257 Description: Practical guide to study design with good attention to taxonomy of research approaches by purpose and sampling issues

Students' Perceptions of Characteristics of Effective College Teachers: A Validity Study of a Teaching Evaluation Form Using a Mixed Methods Analysis

Onwuegbuzie, A. J., Witcher, A. E., Collins, K. M. T., Filer, J. D., Wiedmaier, C. D., & Moore, C. W. (2007) American Educational Research Journal, 44(1): 113-160 Description: Multistage mixed-methods analysis assessing content and construct validity of a teaching evaluation form based on student's perceptions.

Mixing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods: Insights into Design and Analysis Issues

Lieber, Eli (2009) Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 3: 218-227 Description: Discusses issues of design, sampling, and analysis in mixed methods research. Offers a model for conceptualizing a fully integrated design. Proposes and illustrates strategies for managing and dynamically integrating the qual and quant data to allow for efficient and multi-directional analysis.

A dual methodology for case studies: Synergistic use of a longitudinal single site with replication multiple sites

Leonard-Barton, Dorothy (1990) Organizational Science, 1(3), 248-266. Description: Describes a case study methodology that combines real-time longitudinal with nine retrospective case studies on same phenomenon. Discusses complementary and synergistic nature of data and analysis strategy. Argues that the combination of these types enhances construct, internal and external validity and discusses appropriate application of the approach.

Using mixed-methods sequential explanatory design: From theory to practice

Ivankova, Nataliya V., Creswell, John W., & Stick, Sheldon L. (2006) Field Methods, 18(1): 3-20 Description: Discusses procedural issues related to mixed-methods in a sequential (quant then qual) design. Addresses issues of priority, implementation, and mixing in the design and offers practical guidance.

A Guide to the Use of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) in Assessing Intervention Effects: The Promise of Multiple Methods [Brochure]

Grissmer, D. W., Subotnik, R. F., & Orland, M. (2008) American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. Description: Presents a schematic illustration of issues and rationale in whether and how to address policy and research questions via multiple method research design.

Toward a unified validation framework in mixed methods research

Dellinger, Amy B. & Leech, Nancy L. (2007) Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 1(4), 309-332 Description: Offers a validation framework to guide thinking about validation in mixed methods work. An orientation from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives is used to set the foundation for discussing and thinking about validation issues.

Advanced mixed methods research design

Creswell, John W., Plano Clark, Vicki L., Gutmann, Michelle L., & Hanson, William E. (2002) Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication, In A. Tahakkori and C. Teddlie (Eds), Handbook of Mixed Methods Research Designs, pp. 209-239 Description: Describes variety of mixed methods research designs and associated analytical issues

Mapping the field of mixed methods research

Creswell, John W. (2009) Journal of Mixed Methods Research, 3(2), 95-108 Description: Terrific survey of what’s happening in the mixed methods literature and mixed methods field. Discusses a range of topics raised at the 2008 Mixed Methods Conference and provides a “Map” of these topics broken out across 5 domains: philosophical/theoretical, techniques, nature of mixed methods, the adoption and use of mixed methods, and the politicization of mixed methods.


Subscribe to RSS - Research Design