Demonstrate your understanding of the nature of the three major research methods by describing and comparing the foundations of quantitative, qualitative & mixed-methods research. What are the main philosophical ideas behind each method? Make sure to explore how the following epistemologies about truth apply: positivism, rationalism and empiricism.
The solution looks at the use of positivism, rationalism and empiricism in the 3 main research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. In a concise discussion,the foundational perspectives in relation to how truth/knowledge can be established in each of the methods is explained. References have been listed for further exploration of the topic.