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Qualitative and Quantitative Methodological Approaches

Discuss the two methodological approaches, qualitative and quantitative. What do you see as the main differences between these two approaches? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach? How might you identify whether a journal article is qualitative or quantitative?

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Qualitative research is research dealing with phenomena that are difficult or impossible to quantify mathematically, such as beliefs, meanings, attributes, and symbols; it may involve content analysis. Qualitative research takes a broader view, examining all aspects in order to come to a more complete understanding of the entire system being studied. Studies are made in the natural environment where there can be no controlling variables. It is very subjective, being based on a participant's observations, notes and interviews. Results are given through a narrative (1).

Qualitative research is often said to be naturalistic. That is, it studies naturally occurring phenomena without trying to manipulate them. Qualitative psychological research is often said to be inductive. Qualitative psychological research emphasizes fieldwork, and this emphasis has been offered as a distinguishing mark. . Qualitative psychological research is also described as ...

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This solution discusses the differences between the methodological of qualitative and quantitative and the advantages of both of the approaches.

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