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.

Understanding the Purpose of Research in the Qualitative and Quantitative Traditions

Understanding the Purpose of Research in the Qualitative and Quantitative Traditions

Understanding the purpose of research in the qualitative and quantitative traditions

Chapter Outline

  • What Is Research?
  • What Constitutes Quality Research?
  • Quality Questions in Relation to the Final Research Report
  • Problem Finding Versus Problem Solving
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Traditions and the “Paradigm Wars”

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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