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ERIC Number: ED443849
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 14
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A Conceptualization of Mixed Methods: A Need for Inductive/Deductive Approach to Conducting Research.
Newman, Isadore
This paper provides examples of how one can use the research issue and the relationships between qualitative and quantitative research as a frame for instructing students and judging the quality of research. The emphasis is on validity estimates, also called legitimization techniques, with attention to the idea of a qualitative-quantitative research continuum. It is not the technique that makes something quantitative or qualitative, but rather the intention of its use. The question is posed whether the research is testing hypotheses, helping to develop hypotheses, or describing the data. Criteria have been developed by Y. Lincoln and E. Guba (1985) for the validity of qualitative research so that it can be evaluated in a way similar to the more common evaluation of quantitative research. In fact, much of all research is a blend of quantitative and qualitative approaches. The more aware researchers are of this fact, the more likely it is that standards of good and effective research can be established. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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