Research Design

Second Edition
Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches

Patricia Leavy

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With a new chapter on the literature review, this accessible step-by-step guide to using the five major approaches to research design is now in a thoroughly revised second edition. The prior edition's user-friendly features are augmented by a new companion website with worksheets keyed to each chapter. For each approach, the text presents a template for a research proposal and explains how to conceptualize and fill in every section. Interdisciplinary research examples draw on current events and social justice issues. Unique coverage includes hot topics—replication studies, data sharing, and preregistration; tailoring proposals to different audiences; and more. Terminology commonly used in each approach is identified and key moments of ethical decision making are flagged. The book includes a general introduction to social research, an in-depth discussion of ethics, and a chapter on how to begin a research study.

New to This Edition Pedagogical Features

“Leavy once again brings together leading-edge concepts in this articulate, highly readable, and comprehensive second edition. In a vibrant and engaging style, the book unpacks and explains the five foundational research approaches and offers expert tips and practical resources. The second edition sets a new standard for integration of social justice, cultural, and ethical issues in research design, particularly within community-based participatory approaches. This is a 'must-have' book that undoubtedly will be required reading for students and researchers in psychology, social sciences, and education.”

—Cathy A. Malchiodi, PhD, Trauma-Informed Practices and Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Louisville, Kentucky


“Most of our doctoral students want to continue in their professional roles or organizations and do not plan to pursue research-intensive positions, so I need a text that will support them in conducting a solid study in an applied setting. Because our students come from diverse fields (educational leadership, hospital administration, and supply-chain management, for example), a text that offers a wide lens on research design is wonderful. I don't know of any other methods texts that are so straightforward and at the same time so inclusive regarding design approaches.”

—Kristina N. LaVenia, PhD, School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy, Bowling Green State University


“The second edition builds on the strengths of the first as it continues to offer a wide range of information. The infographics illustrate key concepts, relationships, and the order of operations in a user-friendly manner. The checklists in each chapter are a great resource that ensure all parts of the process are considered and completed. Our students will benefit from the literature review chapter, which emphasizes the 'why' along with the 'how.' Leavy's emphasis on process is key to understanding and selecting appropriate methodologies as students prepare their proposals and conduct their own scholarship.”

—Pamela K. Brown, EdD, Department of Kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


“The second edition of Research Design provides elegant, accessible writing and pragmatic content for students in the social and behavioral sciences. Unlike other introductory books on general research design, Leavy’s text maintains a strong focus on developing the written proposal, with its constituent elements such as targeted research questions, ethical considerations with participants, and appropriate uses of methodological terms. The second edition includes expanded coverage of the literature review, now in its own chapter, and discusses contemporary issues in arts-based and community-based projects. Leavy is an internationally renowned author who offers undergraduates and graduate students expert guidance on the templates necessary for initiating their studies.”

—Johnny Saldaña, MFA, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (Emeritus), Arizona State University


“Leavy has a real knack for making complex ideas and methods very easy to understand, which is especially helpful for teaching novice research students. Readers learn the nuts and bolts of research design, which includes a grounding in values, philosophy, and ethics that influence decision making. Readers can use the chapters to inform the development of a research design and proposal.”

—Tina Maschi, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University


“In her own measured, methodologically ecumenical way, Leavy manages both to undo some of the stock presumptions of social science research and to radically widen the boundaries of legitimate modes of inquiry. She builds important bridges between quantitative and qualitative approaches, theory and ethical praxis, and, not least, science and art. The result is a clear, thoughtful, and extremely valuable exploration of not only the 'nuts and bolts' of research design but also the purposes, philosophical premises, and concrete methodological practices that characterize social scientific inquiry in its many forms.”

—Mark P. Freeman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society, Department of Psychology, College of the Holy Cross

Table of Contents

I. The Nuts and Bolts of Research Design

1. Introduction to Social Research

2. Ethics in Social Research

3. The Literature Review

4. Getting Started Designing a Project

II. Five Approaches to Research Design

5. Quantitative Research Design

6. Qualitative Research Design

7. Mixed Methods Research Design

8. Arts-Based Research Design

9. Community-Based Participatory Research Design

Glossary

References

Author Index

Subject Index


About the Author

Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an independent sociologist, novelist, and former Chair of Sociology and Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of 40 nonfiction and fiction books, which have received numerous awards and have been translated into multiple languages. She has served as the creator and editor of 10 book series and is cofounder of the journal Art/Research International. For her work in the field of research methods, Dr. Leavy has received honors including the Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award from the National Art Education Association, the New England Sociologist of the Year Award from the New England Sociological Association, the Special Achievement Award from the American Creativity Association, the Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology Award from Division D of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Learning Award from the Arts and Learning Special Interest Group of the AERA, and the Special Career Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. The School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz has established the Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice in her honor. Dr. Leavy delivers invited lectures and keynote addresses at universities and conferences. Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.

Audience

Students and instructors across the social and behavioral sciences, including psychology, education, counseling, sociology, social work, management, marketing, nursing, public health, and communication; administrators or evaluators who need to write a research proposal.

Course Use

Will serve as a text in upper division undergraduate and master's-level courses in research design, research methods, and preparing the thesis/dissertation.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2017
ISBN: 9781462514380
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