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July 01, 2005

Qualitative and Quantitative methods characteristics

Today I received up an used copy of: Leedy, Paul D. & Ellis Ormrod, Jeanne (2005). Practical Research: Planning and Design. (7th ed.) Upper Saddle River NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall. The text has a nice chart breaking down some of the characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research. Of course they don't grab my take, which is that the primary difference is at what point you say "research" has begun. Because quantitative researchers do qualitative research too, they just don't think of it as research, rather it is the prework they do before research begins.

Distinguishing characteristics of quantitative and qualitative approaches
Question Quantitative Qualitative
What is the purpose of the research? To explain and predict To describe and explain
To confirm and validate To explore and interpret
To test theory To build theory
What is the nature of the research process?     Focused Holistic
Known variables Unknown variables
Established guidelines Flexible guidelines
Static design Emergent design
Context-free Context-bound
Detached view Personal view
What are the methods of data collection? Representative, large sample    Informative, small sample
Standardized instruments Observation, interviews
What is the form of reasoning used in analysis? Deductive analysis Inductive analysis
How are the findings communicated? Numbers Words
Statistics, aggregated data Narratives, individual quotes
Formal voice, scientific style Personal voice, literary style

Posted by prolurkr at July 1, 2005 05:49 PM

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