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The Complementary Natures of Quantitative and Qualitative Research
The complementary natures of quantitative and qualitative research

In the final chapter in this text, we try and pull together our intentions that underlie the entire book by pointing out the common empirical and systematic focus of both traditions as well as how these differences actually result in mutual strengths. Finally, we discuss mixed methods and finish with some “closing words.”

Complementary Empirical Basis

The quintessential difference often cited between the quantitative and qualitative traditions positions the “gold standard” of the empirical experimental design versus the “soft” observational methods used in qualitative research. However, when defining the term empirical, The American Heritage Dictionary uses as its ...

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