ERIC Number: ED231850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Interpreting the Translation of Data into Explanation: An Attempt at a Synthesis of Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches.
Hare, Rufus D; Noblit, George W.
Qualitative and quantitative research approaches are generally considered to be mutually exclusive. It is possible, however, that a synthesis can be achieved at the level of interpretation and explanation of findings. This paper is divided into four sections to provide: (1) an understanding of explanation and the explanation problem in research; (2) understanding of the unique elements of the explanatory problem of applied research; (3) development of an appropriate explanatory solution; and (4) analysis of an attempt to achieve synthesis. The case study used in the analysis section involved collaboration between researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and practitioners from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. UNC-CH was approached by Charlotte-Mecklenburg officials for help in preparation of a grant proposal for the study of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers' center, the Teaching Learning Center. The design proposed by the co-principal investigators (a Teaching Learning Center staff member and a UNC-CH researcher) used a combination of exploratory, interpretive, verification, and reliability studies. Through their interactions, the two principal investigators assumed the perspectives of each other (i.e., the researcher assumed the concerns of the practitioner, and the practitioner came to understand the abstract interest of the researcher), and explanatory synthesis was approached, if not achieved, during data analysis. (LC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Schools NC; Explanations; Practitioners; Qualitative Research; Quantitative Research; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, (Baltimore, MD, February 24-27, 1983). Working Draft.