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ERIC Number: ED478981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-21
Pages: 8
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University Students' Orientation to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods.
Murtonen, Mari
This study aimed to determine whether different orientations toward qualitative and quantitative methods can be found among students. Data were collected during 3 years from different research methodology course students. There were 195 Finnish students and 122 U.S. students who answered a questionnaire about the appreciation of research methods and readiness to use them and the feeling of difficulty in quantitative methods studies. Findings show a dichotomy in some students' views of qualitative and quantitative methods. In both countries there was a group that was very negative toward quantitative methods and highly positive about qualitative methods. There was also a group in both countries that preferred quantitative methods over qualitative methods. Differences occurred both in appreciation of methods and in willingness to use them. Students appear to "choose a side" in favor of one approach or the other. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; United States