Characteristics of Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Essay

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Qualitative and quantitative researcher’s exhibited conflicting ways of approaching a research. Some researchers prefer qualitative over quantitative and vice-versa. Also, it is common for qualitative and quantitative to be used together in a research. But, both methods when carried out correctly provide good research. Plus, both methods have their own unique differences and characteristics. In this paper I will define three of these characteristics in a quantitative and qualitative research design and discuss and compare their differences. (Smith & Davis, 2010)
One type of characteristics in a qualitative research is that it is carried out in a natural setting. As a consequence, when a researcher is conducting a research they are
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In addition, the narrative description is documented in the form of a written or recorded annotation. Also, researchers use an individual case study which “intensively observe and record the behavior of one or sometimes two participants over an extended period of time,” which can be very detailed or descriptive. (Smith & Davis, 2010) Furthermore, qualitative research depends more on “quality instead of quantity” and focuses more on answering questions. (Naik, 2010)
In contrast to a qualitative research, a quantitative research is very impersonal and focuses mostly on numerical information. Quantitative research uses statistical data to gather calculate, and measure a population. For instance, a quantitative research will gather, calculate, and measure the population at a university to determine how many university male students dropped out of the university after their freshman year. Furthermore, the information that a quantitative research gathers is much larger in number compared to a qualitative research. (Naik, (2010) Another type of characteristic in a quantitative research is control. Control is a factor in a quantitative research that is unique in its characteristic because it allows researchers to identify the reason for their observations. Also, experiments are performed in an attempt to answer certain questions such as, “why something

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