Quantitative And Qualitative Methodology

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“Research on how things work in the grand scheme of knowledge is both a quantitative and qualitative task” (Stake, 2010, p. 13). According to Stake (2010), a main distinction between the two types of research is the matter of emphasis (p. 19) while both types of research seek valid and reliable results (Park & Park, 2016, p. 4).
In qualitative research, the researcher takes on a more personal role with the participants. “The role of qualitative researcher is all-inclusive” (Shoukat, Waheed, & Waheed, 2016, p. 1498) where according to Creswell (1998) the researcher “undertakes qualitative research in a natural setting where the researcher is an instrument of data collection who gathers words or pictures, analyzes them inductively, focuses
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They, often times, think differently about a research issue than what is usual from mostly numerical quantitative research. Five qualitative methodologists include: Robert E. Stake, Jean Piaget, Sigmund Freud, Howard S. Becker, and Robert Yin. Robert E. Stake is a well-known author and qualitative researcher who received recognition for his contribution to qualitative methodology, to the theory and practice of evaluation. Jean Piaget and Sigmund Freud, have not been identified as qualitative researchers, but both researchers conducted case studies, observations and interviewing of participants. Howard S. Becker, an American sociologist, is recognized as the founder of participant observation. Robert Yin, known for his work on case study research. These five qualitative methodologists are just a few of the researchers that have worked in or made contributions to the field of qualitative …show more content…
84). Another step qualitative researchers need to include in their written report is a detailed description of the role in which the researcher played in the research project. Also, qualitative researchers should “provide precise and specific details that offer the reader a front-row seat for all of the action” (McEwan & McEwan, 2003, p. 85). When looking at quantitative research, researchers take on a more impersonal role. “The participants of a quantitative research act independently of the researcher, and are anonymous from a distance” (Shoukat, et al., 2016, p. 1498). Quantitative researchers often times work with large population samples to help reveal trends and/or patterns. The quantitative method allows the researcher to remain objective when solving the problem and allows he/she to develop generalizations while acting independently of the

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