Quantitative Methods

Quantitative methods are interdisciplinary in nature. They are used across a variety of fields and disciplines but are most prevalent among the social sciences. Quantitative methods employ statistical or numerical measures to analyze data that have been collected through survey instruments. Quantitative research focuses on the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data that are used to explain a phenomenon or events that occur across groups of people, some of whom may be separated by time and place.

In order to understand quantitative methods and their use in the field of childhood studies, this entry defines basic statistical measurements. Next, this entry explores the tension between childhood studies and the use of quantitative methods—in an effort to illustrate how quantitative work can complement the interdisciplinary nature ...

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