An advantage of using quantitative research is that the researcher remains more objective while proving or disproving a hypothesis.
Quantitative and qualitative research both encompass planning before conducting or analyzing research. Quantitative research, however, involves more planning, which becomes a disadvantage. For instance all aspects of a research study must be carefully designed before collecting any data. A researcher needs a concrete hypothesis and needs to know the type of research involvedsuch as questionnaires and test questions.
With qualitative research, the design typically emerges as the research study develops. Quantitative research depends on data and involves testing a hypothesis, but it can miss contextual details.
For example, a researcher doesn't provide a detailed description when using quantitative research. Instead the researcher depends on numbers and statistics to prove a hypothesis. A researcher researching diabetes medication, for instance, might record how many times a research participant missed the medication but not the details of what happened during a participant's day to cause him to forget to take the diabetes medication.
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How to Conduct Social Science Research. Accessed 14 September Where to search Searching for articles Searching for Data Databases provided by your library Other useful search tools Test your knowledge Lesson 2: How to search Free text, truncating and exact phrase Combining search terms — Boolean operators Keep track of your search strategies Problems finding your search terms? Test your knowledge Lesson 3: Evaluating sources Different sources, different evaluations Extract by relevance Test your knowledge Lesson 4: Obtaining literature Literature search: Qualitative and quantitative methods Combining qualitative and quantitative methods Collecting data Analysing data Strengths and limitations Test your knowledge Lesson 2: Empirical studies Explanatory, analytical and experimental studies Strengths and limitations Test your knowledge Lesson 3: Summary Project management Project management Lesson 1: Project Initiation Project budgeting Test your knowledge Lesson 2: Project execution Project control Project management: Summary Writing process Writing process Lesson 1: Structure your thesis Title page, abstract, foreword, abbreviations, table of contents Introduction, methods, results Discussion, conclusions, recomendations, references, appendices, layout Test your knowledge Lesson 2: Avoid plagiarism Use citations correctly Use references correctly Bibliographic software Test your knowledge Writing process — summary.
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Strengths. Weaknesses. Study findings can be generalized to the population about which information is required. Samples of individuals, communities, or organizations can be selected to ensure that the results will be representative of the population studied.
Using quantitative research has many advantages. For example, quantitative research allows a researcher to objectively detail evidence. However, quantitative research also has disadvantages. Analysis. Qualitative research relies on specific evidence rather than generalized research.
Qualitative research provides valuable data for use in the design of a product—including data about user needs, behavior patterns, and use cases. Each of these approaches has strengths and weaknesses, and each can benefit . Weaknesses _ It can be difficult for a single researcher to carry out both qualitative and quantitative research. and narrative can be used to add meaning to numbers. _ Can answer a broader and more complete range of research questions because the researcher is not confined to a single method or approach.5/5(1).
Limitations and weakness of quantitative research methods By Priya Chetty on September 7, According to Saunders et al. (), research methodology serves as the backbone of a research study. The historically negative bias against qualitative research is discussed, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, with issues highlighted by reference to nursing research. Consideration is given to issues of sampling; the relationship between the researcher and subject; methodologies and collated data; validity; reliability, and .