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Quantitative vs qualitative research: A false dichotomy


Walsh, K, Quantitative vs qualitative research: A false dichotomy, Journal of Research in Nursing, 17, (1) pp. 9-11. ISSN 1744-9871 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1744987111432053


Over recent years I have found myself in debates about studentsí work that centred on notions of rigor. This is not in itself remarkable and indeed discussions of rigor are very appropriate. However, what has been surprising is that these discussions have often been with academic colleagues who were judging the quality of the studentís work by criteria that were inappropriate given the research question and the approach the student had taken. Most recently there have been a couple of occasions when a studentís qualitative descriptive research was judged by criteria most normally applied to statistical research. On both these occasions the studentsí work was being criticised for being non-generalisable and non- representative and I found myself in the familiar territory of the Qualitative vs Quantitative Debate or QQD as Krantz (1995) calls it.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
ID Code:91170
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2017-12-15

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