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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.

The Sine Qua Non for Conducting Research in the Quantitative Tradition
The sine qua non for conducting research in the quantitative tradition

The purpose of the three chapters in Section II is to identify the quantitative concepts and their counterparts in the qualitative tradition that we think should be discussed in relation to one other. One point to note here is that the order in which we present our discussion of these topics is not necessarily the order in which the research is conducted. Specifically, when conducting research, researchers follow the design–measurement–analysis triad. That is, after developing an understanding of the research problem and formulating research questions and hypotheses, researchers (a) select a research design that will allow the research questions to be answered (design); (b) ...

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