Essay on Qualitative And Quantitative Research Methods

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Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
Robert Nuhn / Simon Hoeffelman
National University
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Introduction 3
Quantitative Method 3
Qualitative Method 4
Differences 4
Importance of the Differences in Research Methods 6
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Design 6
Case Study Design 7
Experimental Design 9
References 12

The qualitative and quantitative research methods are typically applied in the fields of social research. There has been a lot of debate on the relative advantages between the two designs among researchers almost more than on any other issue of methodology. The quantitative research design encompasses methods which focus on numbers, that is, quantities. The data collected in this design is usually in numbers which are then analyzed using statistical and mechanical methods. This design is highly associated with the field of science such as in practical done in a laboratory (Gall et al 2003). On the other hand, qualitative design normally uses words to explain wider concepts that cannot be captured mathematically such as beliefs, feelings and intentions. The data collected in this design may be in form of words, field notes and transcripts. Also the data in this design cannot be understood mathematically (Timmons 2005). This paper is an attempt to pinpoint what may be regarded as stark differences and importance of each method.…

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