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The recent widespread rejection of conventional theory and method has led to the evolution of different ways of gathering and analyzing data. This accessible textbook introduces key research methods that challenge psychology's traditional preoccupation with `scientific' experiments. The book provides a well-structured guide to methods, containing a range of qualitative approaches (for example, semi-structured interviews, grounded theory, discourse analysis) alongside a reworking of quantitative methods to suit contemporary psychological research. A number of chapters are also explicitly concerned with research as a dynamic interactive process. The internationally respected contributors steer the reader through the main stag
Chapter 10: Rethinking the Role of Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Rethinking the Role of Quantitative Methods in Psychology
If over the past several decades there has been an overwhelming consensus among academic psychologists on any one point, it is surely that the best empirical research in the field is (among other things) firmly grounded in quantitative methods. Historically, this has meant, first and foremost, the exercise of measurement operations of one sort or another for the purpose of representing numerically the variables involved in the investigation. It has meant, secondly, the investigation of interrelationships among those variables by means of inferential statistics, that is, tests of statistical significance carried out against the null hypothesis in accordance – or at least in quasi-accordance (cf. Gigerenzer and Murray, 1987) – ...