Our #NewBookoftheWeek is ‘The Mixed Methods Reader,’ edited by Vicki L. Plano Clark and John W. Creswell

This week’s #NewBookoftheWeek at Murray State Univerisity is The Mixed Methods Reader, edited by Vicki L. Plano Clark and John W. Creswell.

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The Mixed Methods Reader

What are “Mixed Methods”?
When you learn how to conduct research, your instructors will often discuss one of two methods: qualitative or quantitative. Qualitative research is based on personal observations of a study and quantitative research relies on information collected. For example, let’s say we want to study child obesity. A qualitative approach would be to conduct interviews and observe a group of children and see what environmental factors lead some to become obese and others not. A quantitative approach would be to take blood tests and analyze what is different between the children that become obese and those that are not. A mixed methods approach would be to incorporate both research methods in a study.

A number of books have been published recently that incorporate mixed methodologies; however, Plano Clark and Creswell’s book address the history of mixed methodologies developing over the past 30 years (SAGE Publications ). According to SAGE Publications:

The Mixed Methods Reader, edited by two leading researchers in mixed methods research, offers students and researchers a rich balance of foundational works and exemplary studies across a range of disciplines.

You can find a copy of The Mixed Methods Reader on the “New Book Shelf” in Waterfield Library.

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