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quantitative measurements in educational practices

Here is the Objective:
? Understand the characteristics of qualitative research and the procedures for gathering qualitative data as used by the educational practitioner.
? Understand the characteristics of quantitative research and the procedures for gathering quantitative data as used by the educational practitioner.
? Describe the essential characteristics of the research problem.
? Understand the characteristics of qualitative research and the procedures for gathering qualitative data as used by the educational practitioner.
? Understand the characteristics of quantitative research and the procedures for gathering quantitative data as used by the educational practitioner.
? Make decisions regarding the ethical course of research study.
? Describe sampling and instrumentation techniques used in collecting data.

Topic:
Why college students select on-line courses versus the tradtional on-ground courses.

This is the help I need:

1. Indicate why the topic is significant to the field of instruction, instructional design, and/or instructional technology.
2. Indicate whether it is best explored within a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed method approach. (I really need help in this area).
3. How to collect a sample to study the topic.
4. References are needed.

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