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.
Chapter 11: 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 ...