Resources - Research Design

Scientific Foundations of Qualitative Research

Description: Report generated by a NSF workshop on qualitative research methods.

A dual Methodology for Case Studies: Synergistic Use of a Longitudinal Single Site with Replication Multiple Sites

Description: Describes a case study methodology that combines real-time longitudinal with nine retrospective case studies on same phenomenon.

Research design issues for mixed method and mixed model studies

Description: Discusses the concept of triangulation from various perspectives and the variety of approaches to implementing mixed methods research.

Content Analysis of Words in Brief Descriptions: How Mothers and Fathers Describe Their Children

Description: Content analysis of parent descriptions of their children toward understanding parental perceptions and attitudes regarding their adolescent children.

Discovering Successful Pathways in Children's Development: New Methods in the Study of Childhood and Family Life

Description: Variety of chapters illustrating the value of qual, quant, and ethnographic methods.

What Good is Polarizing Research into Qualitative and Quantitative?

Description: The authors argue against a polarization between qualitative and quantitative methods and the associated polarization between “subjective” and “objective” evidence.

Making it work: Low-wage Employment, Family Life, and Child Development

Description: Looks past the economic statistics to illustrate how different employment trajectories affect the social and emotional lives of poor women and their children.

Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Research: How is it done?

Description: Draws on a content analysis of methods and design from 232 articles using combined methods.

Introduction to Mixed Method and Mixed Model Studies in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Paradigm Wars and Mixed Methodologies.

Description: Encourages a focus on the research question as a guide to deciding on methods to apply in a particular study and comfort in cross the boundaries between pure interpretations of particular paradigmatic characteristics.

Designing Qualitative Studies

Description: Practical guide to study design with good attention to taxonomy of research approaches by purpose and sampling issues.