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Part I: Getting Started with Essential Foundations Chapter 1: Embracing Complexity in Mixed Methods Research Purpose and Need for the Book Positioning Myself Defining Conditions of Complexity and Innovations for Practice Audiences for the Book Organization and Learning Features Selection of Six Featured Mixed Methods Studies Chapter 2: Positioning Demand for Innovation in Complex Mixed Methods Research Why Use Mixed Methods Research? What Distinguishes Mixed Methods Research? Key Practice Dilemmas Under Highly Complex Conditions Demand for Innovations and Innovators in Mixed Methods Research Survey of Six Featured Mixed Methods Studies Chapter 3: Advancing Integrative Thinking with Complexity in Mixed Methods Research Why Integrative Thinking with Complexity in Mixed Methods Research? Examples of Complex Adaptive Systems Under Study Opportunities Afforded by Complexity Science for Mixed Methods Researchers Indicators of Integrative Thinking with Complexity in Mixed Methods Research Indicators of Six Featured Mixed Methods Studies Guiding Practices for Integrative Thinking with Complexity in Mixed Methods Research Part II: Realizing Innovation in Guiding Practices Chapter 4: Diagnosing Complexity of Mixed Methods Research Conditions Why Diagnose Complexity of Mixed Methods Research Conditions? Diagnosing Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers Guiding Procedures for Diagnosing Five Complexity Dimensions of Research Conditions Features that Engage Readers with Research Conditions Innovations in Diagnosing Complexity of Mixed Methods Research Conditions Chapter 5: Framing Intentions of Complex Mixed Methods Research Problems Why Frame Intentions of Complex Mixed Methods Research Problems? Framing Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers An Iterative Process for Framing Complex Mixed Methods Research Problems Features that Engage Readers with Complex Research Problems Innovations in Framing Complex Mixed Methods Research Problems Chapter 6: Defining Systems of Complex Mixed Methods Research Contexts Why Define Systems of Complex Mixed Methods Research Contexts? Defining Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers Relational Systems Approach to Defining Complex Mixed Methods Research Contexts Features that Engage Readers with Complex Research Contexts Innovations in Defining Complex Mixed Methods Research Contexts Chapter 7: Describing Designs of Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations Why Describe Designs of Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations? Describing Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers A Descriptive Design Approach for Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations Features that Engage Readers with Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations Innovations in Describing Complex Mixed Methods Research Integrations Chapter 8: Developing Capacity for Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions Why Develop Capacity in Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions? Developing Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers A Strategy for Developing Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions Features that Engage Readers with Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions Innovations in Developing Complex Mixed Methods Research Interactions Chapter 9: Generating Evidence of Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcomes Why Generate Evidence of Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcomes? Generating Opportunities and Hazards for Mixed Methods Researchers A Generative Evidence Approach for Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcome Features that Engage Readers with Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcomes Innovations in Generating Evidence of Complex Mixed Methods Research Outcomes Part III: Onward Considerations for Adaptive Practices Chapter 10: Realizing Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Research The Case for Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Research Potential Challenges for Complexity-Sensitive Mixed Methods Researchers Some Final Guiding Words

About the Author

Cheryl N. Poth, PhD, has been a faculty member of the Centre for Research and Applied Measurement and Evaluation within the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta since 2008. In this role, she has developed and taught graduate-level research methods and program evaluation courses in addition to supervising and mentoring students, faculty, and community members in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. Dr. Poth has an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and serves as the methodologist on several cross-disciplinary research teams. She has been principal investigator for projects and grants funded federally (e.g., Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada), provincially (e.g., Alberta Education and Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies), and locally (e.g., University of Alberta and School Boards). She has authored over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and served as guest co-editor of two special issues of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. In addition to more than 100 conference and 25 workshop presentations, she served as co-chair of the 2013 Advances in Qualitative Methods Conference (AQM). She has led research methods workshops with diverse audiences; for example, at the International Institute of Qualitative Methods' Thinking Qualitatively Series. She is a current editorial board member of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods and the Journal of Mixed Methods Research. In 2013, she was recognized with the Provost's Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in teaching, and won the McGuffey Longevity Award in 2018.

Reviews

Big data and increasingly sophisticated research challenges mean that we can no longer rely on `off the shelf' methodologies. This book is essential reading for anyone engaging in mixed methods work, offering a positive call to action and essential guidance.
-- Lorraine Sheridan
Cogent, practical, and based on extensive experience-this book will be especially useful to researchers navigating the space between the ideal research designs they were taught and the realities on the ground. -- Arden M. Morris
Poth's framing of complex mixed methods problems reflects the importance of visualising and mapping out complex situations in research. This book acts as a particularly useful tool for developing this key skill as a mixed method researcher.
-- Rebecca Johnson

Professor Poth's new book takes the reader on a journey of discovery into the world of mixed methods. This easy to read resource provides the nuances required to undertake good mixed methods studies. The book is a must-have for novice and seasoned researchers alike.

-- Vanessa Scherman

Dr. Poth provides a helpful balance of theoretical and practical guidance for new scholars seeking to pursue mixed methods research. Her book, which provides concrete examples illustrating the steps involved in navigating complex research projects, is an invaluable resource for students.

-- Btissam El Hassar

Balancing theory, her experiences, and diverse examples spanning social sciences, Dr. Poth simultaneously initiates readers to mixed methods and explores design complexities that will illuminate many emerging and established scholars. Her accessible, thorough, well-paced text accounts for what, why, and how. Eschewing prescription, she welcomes adaptation in mixed methods research.

-- Michael A. Thier
Mixed methods research is well established in the literature yet there exists much diversity across many areas and a lack of consensus within the field... This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction into the field. -- Journal of Consumer Policy

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