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Developing a Mixed Methods Proposal: A Practical Guide for Beginning Researchers

by Jessica DeCuir-Gunby and Paul Schutz SAGE Publications, Inc
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So, you want to conduct a mixed methods research study? Are you ready to learn about how to develop a mixed methods research proposal?


If so, recognize that you are part of a growing trend and that this will be a complex undertaking. However, before you get started, there are some important issues for you to take into consideration and Developing a Mixed Methods Proposal by Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby and Paul Schutz will help you get there. First, you have to understand what is meant by the term "mixed methods". Second, you need to know the advantages for using a mixed methods approach. Third, you need to be reflective and honest about your abilities to successfully conduct a mixed method study. Last, you need to understand the components of a mixed methods research proposal.


This book is for students and researchers from a variety of disciplines that are new to mixed methods research and are interested in developing mixed methods research proposals for their dissertations, grants, and general research studies.


This book will not address all of the major issues in mixed methods research, nor is it intended to be a stand-alone mixed methods research textbook. Instead, this book should be used in conjunction with other mixed methods resources (e.g., Creswell & Plano Clark, 2011; Teddlie & Tashakkori, 2009, etc.), and it is designed to be a hands-on guide for the creation of a mixed methods research proposal. In order to assist you in the development of your methods research proposal, the book is comprised of nine chapters and organized around the major components of a research proposal: Introduction, Literature Review, and Methods chapters. This is the Fifth volume in the SAGE Mixed Methods Research Series.

Chapter 1. Why a Guide for Developing Mixed Methods Proposals?
What is Mixed Methods research?
What are the Advantages of Mixed Methods Research?
What should you consider when engaging in mixed methods research?
What does a Mixed Methods Research Proposal Look Like?
Practice Session
Chapter 2. The Role of Theory in Mixed Methods Research
What role does theory play in a mixed methods research proposal?
Practice Session
Chapter 3. Asking Appropriate Research Questions
The Role of Research Questions
Types of Research Questions
Creating Your Own Research Questions
Practice Session
Chapter 4. The Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction
Purpose of the Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction
Components of the Mixed Methods Proposal Introduction
Practice Session
Chapter 5. The Literature Review: Situating Your Mixed Methods Study in the Larger Context
The Role of the Literature Review
Preparing and Organizing Your Research Literature
The Components of the Literature Review
Writing the Literature Review
Practice Session
Chapter 6. Mixed Methods Designs: Frameworks for Organizing Your Research Methods
Learning the Language of Mixed Methods Designs
Understanding Mixed Methods Designs
Choosing a Mixed Methods Design
Visually Representing your Mixed Methods Design
Practice Session
Chapter 7. The Heart of the Mixed Methods Research Plan: Discussing Your Methods Section
The Role of the Research Methods Section
The Components of the Mixed Methods Research Section
Practice Session
Chapter 8. A Little LagniappeGǪA Little Something Extra
The Supporting Sections of the Mixed Methods Proposal
Writing and Talking About Your Mixed Methods Proposal
Issues Beyond Writing the Mixed Methods Research Proposal
Practice Session
Chapter 9. An Example of a Real-World Mixed Methods Research: The Racial Microaggressions Study Proposal
Explanatory Mixed Methods Example

“The book can serve as a reference for my students’ dissertation writing. Also, from teaching point of view, the book also provides good activities for the instructors to use in their instructions.”
Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby, PhD is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and University Scholar in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at NC State University. She serves as a faculty mentor with the multidisciplinary and inter-institutional Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also an associate editor for the American Educational Research Journal. DeCuir-Gunby’s research interests include race and racial identity development, critical race theory, mixed methods research, and emotions in education. She recently served as Co-PI on two National Science Foundation funded grants, totaling over $4.3 million: Nurturing Mathematics Dreamkeepers (DRK-12 Grant) and Peer Mentoring Summits for Women Engineering Faculty of Color (ADVANCE Leadership Award Grant). Both grants used mixed methods approaches, were multidisciplinary, and explored important issues in diversity and STEM. Her work has been featured in top-tier journals such as Educational Psychologist, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational Research, among others.   


Paul A. Schutz, PhD is currently a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests include the nature of emotion, the influence of emotional experiences on teachers’ identity development, research methods and issues related to race and social justice. He has several publications related to the use of mixed methods and has taught a variety of different research methods course, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research courses. He is a past president for Division 15: Educational Psychology of the American Psychological Association and a former co-editor of the Educational Researcher: Research News and Comment, a lead journal for the American Educational Research Association.