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Demonstrate your understanding of the nature of the three major research methods by describing and comparing the foundations of quantitative and qualitative research for the following element (1-2 paragraphs).

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The solution is a 487-word narrative that discusses the application of numeric and narrative data in the following research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed. References are included for further research. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.

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Hi. It is my understanding that in this particular question, you are asking for a differentiation of numeric and narrative data. As for the 3 research methods, I have touched on them just a little below so that you can relate them to the question this solution answers. If you need further explanation, just let me know via the feedback section. Good luck with your studies and thank you very much for using Brainmass.

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Numeric vs. Narrative Data

Numeric or quantitative data is data studied and measured mathematically using a numeric scale. Usually, statistical methods are used with the results presented as graphs, charts, tables, histograms, etc. A quantitative question asks for measurement therefore the answer will always be numeric, something that shows quantity or presentation of the study in a way that accounts and quantifies. ...

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