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Quantitative Research. Unlike qualitative research, which has to do with words, quantitative research is about numbers and the methods of obtaining those numbers. I have found that so far I have learned a lot by comparing qualitative to quantitative resea

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Learning Summary 1 In Bryman and Teevan's textbook, Quantitative Research is described as "entailing the collection of numerical data, a deductive relationship between theory and research, a predilection for a natural science approach (and of positivism in particular), an an objectivist conception of social reality" (50). Unlike qualitative research, which has to do with words, quantitative research is about numbers and the methods of obtaining those numbers. I have found that so far I have learned a lot by comparing qualitative to quantitative research methods to understand each of them better. One very important aspect I have learned so far is that asking questions is very important. Having questions leads to having a theory which is the first step in quantitative research. Because quantitative research is starts with a deductive process, the theory must emerge before any actual research (15). ...read more.

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Learning about research design was actually somewhat of a surprise to me. It allows for a much more organized research project. I also learned that there are times that research design cannot be used because some research questions may not meet the requirements of a reliable and valid research design. But, if the right research question comes about that would work well with the research design method, I feel that it would be a very effective method to use. After learning about research design, I started to wonder where the type of research that I do for essays fit in, and sure enough it was the next topic we discussed. Secondary research encompassed every type of research I had used for writing essays, from news articles, to peer-review journals. ...read more.

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In both of these key methods in quantitative research, ethics plays a part. Although less than in qualitative research, quantitative research must still make the effort to ensure that everything being done is ethical, and everyone involved in the study is treated properly and not subject to any unethical harm. Since I am taking both qualitative and quantitative classes, i can not help but notice all of the overlapping theories and methods, but one this I have learned is very clear, Quantitative studies are much less personal, and involves a lot less interaction with subjects (if there are any subjects at all). The two types of quantitative research methods mentioned are very different, but they are both very effective ways of conducting research, and I can see myself using them more effectively in the future. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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