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Research Methods & Humane Research

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What are the basic principles for humane treatment of human subjects in research? Is informed consent necessary in behavioral research? Why?

Define quantitative and qualitative research. Describe how to decide whether to use a quantitative or qualitative research methodology. Provide examples of what sort of study is appropriate for each methodology and why.

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Quantitative & Qualitative Research

Quantitative methods include statistical analysis & use of databases, interviews as well as surveys and use of pre-existing published materials, usually peer reviewed and quantified/proven. The purpose of quantitative methods in doing research is to 'measure' and give a sense of depth and breadth to the subject at hand, that, during analysis, when patterns are sought, the data can be gone over again and again for the purpose of testing to verify the patterns that are emerging and the conclusions they lead researchers to - used mostly by market research agencies, government research bodies, for example, when they seek to put together a census of the populace or when they are putting together polls of public opinion. The qualitative method on the other hand does not seek to measure a research topic but seeks to find out as much ...

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