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 7: Non-Experimental Research Designs
Non-Experimental Research Designs
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce readers to quantitative, non-experimental research designs as a way for generating data to address important research questions. In describing these designs, we refrain from categorizing them as discrete entities and instead present descriptions to how the designs are used and how the data are generated.
Essential Characteristics of Non-Experimental Research Designs
Non-experimental research designs are appropriate when the goal is to examine naturally occurring attributes, behaviors, or phenomena that cannot be experimentally manipulated by the researcher. This may be because it is impossible or ...