ERIC Number: ED345953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
On the Origins of the Distinction between Quality and Quantity.
The distinction between qualitative and quantitative modes of research has become fashionable in recent years. Few accounts, however, clarify the distinction. This paper, then, is a contribution to the quality/quantity debate. It locates the origins and basis of such distinction in a split between "natural history" and "hypothetico-deductive" methods that occurred in the seventeenth century Scientific Revolution. In turn, it is assumed that an appreciation of these early developments in scientific thinking is still germane to twentieth-century discussions. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the British Educational Research Association (London, England, United Kingdom, 1990).