Best-selling methods author and professor John W. Creswell drew a capacity webinar crowd on November 16 as he unfurled his research expertise to discuss the future of research design, qualitative research, and mixed methods research. The free webinar, viewable below, saw Creswell discuss his own journeys — from education and social science to health sciences, from classroom teacher to a textbook writer (who uses his writing in the classroom setting), from methodology guru to someone who is still learning new methods.
“Learning about evolving methodologies,” this master explains halfway through the session, “presents new challenges, continual growth, maybe long-term vitality. It just seems to be energizing to be learning a new skillset so that I can say that I’ve got this toolkit that’s very large and with many different ways of approaching some of our pressing problems.” After discussing his own experiences, he then takes a number of questions from the webinar audience, ranging from big data to arts-based methods.
Creswell is a professor of family medicine and co-director of the Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program at the University of Michigan. He has authored numerous articles and 27 books on mixed methods research, qualitative research and research design. While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he held the Clifton Endowed Professor Chair, served as director of a mixed methods research office, founded the SAGE journal, the Journal of Mixed Methods Research, and was an adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan and a consultant to the Veterans Administration health services research center.
Below are the slides presented during the webinar: