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.

Descriptive Analyses for Data Generated by Quantitative Research

Descriptive Analyses for Data Generated by Quantitative Research

Descriptive analyses for data generated by quantitative research

Chapter Outline

  • Fundamentals of Descriptive Analysis
  • Summarizing and Describing Univariate Distributions
  • Summarizing and Describing Relationships

This chapter introduces readers to descriptive analyses as a means for analyzing data generated by research in the quantitative tradition. Descriptive analyses are used to summarize and describe data; the aim is to reveal patterns in the data that are not immediately apparent when inspecting raw data. Descriptive analyses are usually conducted first, regardless of whether the purpose of the study is descriptive, predictive, or explanatory. The reason for conducting descriptive analyses is to allow the researcher and the reader to understand the data before trying to understand what it conveys. As with the choice of research design, the ...

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