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Chapter 1: Understanding the Purpose of Research in the Qualitative and Quantitative Traditions

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Understanding the Purpose of Research in the Qualitative and Quantitative Traditions
Understanding the purpose of research in the qualitative and quantitative traditions

In this chapter, we begin our journey with a discussion of research per se as well as some of the fundamental philosophical assumptions that underlie the qualitative tradition. We then offer 10 questions that we think get at the heart of what constitutes quality research. Subsequently, we set the stage for introducing research in the quantitative tradition by introducing some of the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and discuss the paradigm wars that characterize the historical differences ...

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