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Poorly Written Book
on January 1, 2014
Creswell is one of the top selling books on research design that is now in the fourth edition. How the book became so popular is a mystery to me.
The book is poorly written and should not serve as an example of how to write research papers or dissertations. The author is a poor writer that uses ambiguous pronouns (e.g., "it") far too frequently. I am a full professor with many years of experience in major research universities and also the author of 11 university-level textbooks adopted by top-tier research universities. If one of my students submitted a manuscript as poorly written as this book, I would assign the student a grade of unsatisfactory.
Beyond the extremely deficient writing style, the author clearly is not current on research processes. He gives lip service to the role of the Internet and also provides very little guidance on contemporary quantitative methods. He does not mention the importance of mathematical modelling in research design nor does he provide readers with any concrete criteria for selecting the correct statistical models. He alludes to the importance of measurement but does not discuss what the various levels of measurement strength (i.e., nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio) are or their significance. As a reader with a doctorate in statistics, I seriously doubt that the author has anything beyond a superficial knowledge of quantitative design.
In conclusion, this is a poorly written book that is devoid of contemporary material that would be useful to researchers.