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.
Research Design and Data Analysis in the Quantitative Tradition
In this section, we describe the most common research designs and data analysis procedures used in the quantitative tradition. These designs and data analysis procedures are tried-and-tested approaches for answering the types of research questions that are best addressed by quantitative research. Notice that our language here is very deliberate—we did not say that these were the types of designs used by quantitative researchers. Instead, we wish to emphasize that the research designs and data analysis procedures we discuss have been established as viable methods for generating and analyzing information to address important issues in the social sciences. In other words, these designs should be placed right alongside ...