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 in the Qualitative Tradition and Connections to the Quantitative Tradition

Research in the Qualitative Tradition and Connections to the Quantitative Tradition

Research in the qualitative tradition and connections to the quantitative tradition

Chapter Outline

  • Purpose and Characteristics of Qualitative Research
  • Philosophical Assumptions of Qualitative Research
  • Technical Components of Empirical Inquiry in Qualitative Research
  • Strengths and Limitations of Qualitative Research

Because the primary (though not exclusive) audience of this book is assumed to be qualitative researchers, Chapter 2 is not intended to be a comprehensive treatment of qualitative inquiry; rather, it is intended to be a brief overview of the fundamental concepts underlying the qualitative tradition peppered with additional ideas for our readers' consideration. Because we will begin specific methodological discussions related to quantitative methodology in Chapter 3, we view this current chapter as a launching pad to the chapters that ...

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