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Quantitative Research for the Qualitative Researcher is a concise, supplemental text that provides qualitatively oriented students and researchers with the requisite skills for conducting quantitative research. Throughout the book, authors Laura M. O'Dwyer and James A. Bernauer provide ample support and guidance to prepare readers both cognitively and attitudinally to conduct high quality research in the quantitative tradition. Highlighting the complementary nature of quantitative and qualitative research, they effectively explain the fundamental structure and purposes of design, measurement, and statistics within the framework of a research report, (including a dissertation). The text encourages the reader to see quantitative methodology for what it is, a process for systematically discovering new knowledge that can help describe, explain, and predict the world around us.
Section I: Research in the Social Sciences: Qualitative Meets Quantitative
The intention of the Preface was to serve as a gentle introduction to what we are trying to accomplish in this book. With the Preface fresh in your minds, we hope that you understand that we are proponents of both the qualitative and quantitative traditions! Therefore, the purpose of Section I is to first provide a general but unifying discussion of research in the social sciences (Chapter 1) followed by an overview of research in the qualitative tradition (Chapter 2) and finally leading to an introduction to research in the quantitative tradition (Chapter 3).
What readers will find in these first three chapters is something we think is unique—a firm foundation ...