Qualitative And Quantitative And Qualitative Research Essay

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Qualitative and quantitative studies both exist in the world of research. However, they both play very different roles. Quantitative studies go out into the world with a measuring tape and a particular focus of things that need to be measured and related to each other , while qualitative studies look at the world at a whole and then look at a specific thing with a magnifying glass. They each have their own history and purpose and can be used in combination. In this essay I 'll be looking at how the scientific method of quantitative research measures its variable strictly and with the aim for it to be repeatable with the same or similar results and how this differs from the qualitative method which is a snap shot of a particular time and place with the goals of moving on from that place and aiming to improve in the future. This essay will also note the differences in gaining informed consent between qualitative and quantitative studies.
Quantitative research precedes qualitative research and is based on the scientific method. As such it views the world as objectively measurable (Alston & Bowles, 2012). The scientific method strives for objectively that produces knowledge through the employment of rules and techniques that can be replicated by other researchers ( Yegidis). In order to make experiments replicable surveys, questionnaires and structured observations are the main techniques used to collect data (Alston & Bowles, 2012). It assumes that because its research is…

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