ERIC Number: ED197059
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of Evaluation: Implications for Vocational Education. A Symposium.
Pearsol, James A.; And Others
In view of a demand for information and an expansion in evaluation research practices, possibilities for combining quantitative and qualitative methods in program evaluation should be explored. Quantitative research methods attempt to reduce observed social phenomena to numerical notations. Their weaknesses include the reduction of social phenomena to key variables, application to complex social problems that might not adhere well to mathematical models, and deficiencies in defining meaning as attached to phenomena and attributing variations observed to specific causes. Qualitative methods of inquiry bring the researcher intimately close to the subjects and setting under study. Qualitative research depends on the researcher's definition and articulation of data and often lacks the capacity to compare across sites on common specified variables. The bases for combining methods of investigation appear to lie in several domains: (1) comprehensiveness, (2) outcomes tied to meanings, (3) utility, (4) political needs, (5) interpretation, and (6) exploration. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Research; Qualitative Research; Quantitative Research
Note: For related documents see CE 027 241 and CE 027 652. Paper presented at the American Vocational Association Conference (New Orleans, LA, December 9, 1980).