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Research Methods in Education; "Quantitative Research" and "Qualitative Research"

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1 .Define each concept "quantitative research" and "qualitative research"
2. Identify two key features of quantitative research and two key features of qualitative research that you find most unique for each type and compare and contrast these key features.
3. Discuss the primary strength of quantitative research and the primary strength of qualitative research.
4. Provide an example of how each type of research could be used for a study relevant to your area of interest in education or training. (My area of interest in education is Educational Leadership and Administration.)

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1 .Define each concept "quantitative research" and "qualitative research"

The concept of qualitative research is predicated upon gathering information that is not placated on numerical form. To achieve this conceptual framework, qualitative research utilizes diary accounts, open-ended questionnaires, unstructured interviews and unstructured observations to establish descriptive data, which is more difficult to analyze than quantitative data. Qualitative research studies take a subjective approach toward subjects and are intimately involved in research outcomes.

Quantitative research is predicated upon gathering data in numerical form to assess in categories, or in rank order, or measured in units of measurement. Quantitative data is objective and only cares about the results, and what the results reveal. This research is used to measure data with scientific experiments commonly used to yield quantitative data.

2. Identify two key features of quantitative research and two key features of qualitative research that you find most unique for each type and compare and contrast these key ...

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3. What is the dependent variable?
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Questions - QUANLITATIVE
1. Why is this study a qualitative study?
2. What is the independent variable?
3. What is the dependent variable?
4. What research method should be used?
5. What is the population?
6. What is the geographical location?

QUALITATIVE

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