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Is the debate on quantitative versus qualitative research really necessary?


Abbott-Chapman, JA, Is the debate on quantitative versus qualitative research really necessary?, Australian Educational Researcher, 20, (1) pp. 49-63. ISSN 0311-6999 (1993) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 1993 Australian Association for Research in Education

DOI: doi:10.1007/BF03219535


Recent writings suggest that educators have become locked in contentious arguments about types of research and about research methods when they might more productively concentrate upon the development of research confidence and a research culture in education. From this the rigorous and appropriate application of differing methodologies to achievement of research and policy goals and intentions will naturally follow. We need to look more closely at why the debate on qualitative versus quantitative research is seen to be meaningful, let alone necessary, and this takes us into the realms of wider social and political values and understandings. The article argues that the debate about methodologies reflects a confusion about intentions and purposes in educational research, especially with regard to policy needs and applications, and that what is needed now is a complete ‘upfront’ review of research goals and values in education, and in relation to other subject disciplines.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Research Methods, Qualitative, Quantitative, Debate
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Abbott-Chapman, JA (Professor Joan Abbott-Chapman)
ID Code:106741
Year Published:1993
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-02-18
Last Modified:2016-08-04

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