Quantitative research is research using methods allowing
for the measurement of variables within a collection of people or groups and resulting in
numerical data subjected to statistical analysis.
By its very nature quantitative research is a form of positivism.
Strategies in Qualitative and Quantitative
Research - Harald Witt
Conducting qualitative and quantitative research does not merely involve different methods
for data collection and analysis; an even more fundamental difference concerns the
research strategies used. Differences in this respect are so considerable that
communication about research strategies between quantitative researchers and qualitative
researchers is beset with difficultieseven among "qualitative"
researchers. This contribution is an attempt to pinpoint the most important differences.
Qualitative research is exemplified by the approach put forward by KLEINING (1982; 1995).
KLEINING has stressed the importance of the heuristic moment in qualitative research; he
assumes that all research methods are based on everyday methods, and he has advanced four
rules for conducting qualitative research. The research strategy resulting on this basis
can be described as circular; it will be contrasted with the linear strategy used in
Seeing Our Quantitative Counterparts:
Construction of Qualitative Research in a Roundtable Discussion - Jean A.
Saludadez & Primo G. Garcia
Abstract: The research relationship between qualitative and quantitative researchers is
influenced by their constructions of one another's research approaches. While we, as
qualitative researchers, have our own construction of quantitative research we seldom get
quantitative people's construction of qualitative research. In this paper, we present our
quantitative counterpart's construction of qualitative research in the form of themes we
derived collaboratively from a small roundtable discussion on the use of the qualitative
approach for research management studies. We define 'construction' as the meaning
structure shared by the participants on the relationship between qualitative and
quantitative research. This exercise has implications for our presentation of qualitative
research as a complementary research approach to quantitative research and on our on-going
construction of the quantitative research qualitative research relationship.
Discovery as Basic Methodology of Qualitative
Research and Quantitative Research
Gerhard Kleining & Harald Witt
Abstract: The paper argues that methodologies of qualitative research in psychology and
the social sciences should be directed toward discoveries rather than reflexive
interpretations. It gives a critical account of hermeneutics and the "interpretative
paradigm" pointing to three drawbacks: inherent subjectivity of interpretations,
restriction to Geisteswissenschaft or the qualitative form of data and a recent tendency
of dissolution of rules in what is said to be a crisis of qualitative research (DENZIN
& LINCOLN 1994, pp.577f.). It shows how quantitative research data can be handled in
an explorative approach. After a look at discovering methods in the natural sciences the
authors conclude that discoveries should be a basic guideline for psychological and social
research in general, which could bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative
research methodologies and establish a new relationship toward the natural sciences which
owe their success mainly to the development of their explorative capacities.
Sociological Explanations between Micro and Macro
and the Integration of Qualitative Research and Quantitative Research Methods -
Abstract: Despite the ongoing "war" between methodological camps this paper will
argue for an integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in the sociological
research process. For this purpose a short overview about important methodological
discussions addressing basic questions of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) method
designs will be given focusing on the term "triangulation" which is seen by many
authors as a central concept for method integration. The examples clearly demonstrate that
each of the three understandings may have a value by showing different possibilities for
relating qualitative and quantitative results in one research project to each other.
However, none of these three concepts may serve as a general methodological model for the
integration of qualitative research and quantitative research methods.
In the final section of the paper it will be argued that the most crucial problem of the
methodological discussions surrounding mixed-method (qualitative and quantitative) designs
is that epistemological and methodological concepts are not sufficiently linked to
theoretical considerations about the nature of the investigated social structures and
Combination and Integration of Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis -
Abstract: In this paper, I am going to outline ways of combining qualitative and
quantitative steps of analysis on five levels. Where the data are concerned, the
employment of categories (for instance by using qualitative content analysis) allows for
combining qualitative and quantitative forms of data analysis. Where the logic of research
is concerned, it can be shown that an extended process model which combined qualitative
and quantitative research can be appropriate and thus lead to an integration of the two
Processing Raw Data both the Qualitative and Quantitative Way - Dietmar
Abstract: Representations and changes between them play a major role in education (e.g.,
HEWSON, BEETH & THORLEY 1998), problem solving (e.g., BAUER & REISER 1990),
cognitive development (e.g., VOSNIADOU & BREWER 1992), processing of metaphors (e.g.,
INDURKHYA 1992) and the history of science (e.g., KUHN 1970). Change of representations
(also called conceptual change) is amenable to both qualitative and quantitative analyses:
either the degree of correspondence between some activities under study (quantitative
aspect) and a hypothesized representation representation per se (qualitative aspect) can
be the focus of investigations.