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BSHS 435 Week 1 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods Paper(6 pages word paper)
Running Header: QUANTATITIVE AND QUALITATITIVE RESEARCH METHODS
QUANTATITIVE AND QUALITATITIVE RESEARCH METHODS
QUANTATITIVE AND QUALITATITIVE RESEARCH METHODS 2
The human Field Services employs different forms of approaches to obtain and critically analyze
data to get precise and reliable information. The two most common methods used are the
qualitative research approach and quantitative research approach. Currently, there is a growing
concern for integrating the two methods to come up with a hybrid mixed research method. This
essay aims to examine a peer-reviewed article that uses both qualitative and quantitative research
methods. It will define and distinguish between the two methods, show the most appropriate
situation to employ each method and discuss in details the mixed research methods and its
advantages as well as the ethical implications present in the article examined.
Qualitative research is an exploratory method used to gain an understanding of underlying
reasons, opinions, and motivations. It is the primary method that helps create a hypothesis for
quantitative analysis. It is of particular importance that when a researcher wants to delve into the
depths of a problem as it uncovers the trends in thoughts and opinions. It can either assume a
structured or unstructured format. Most common methods include participations, interviews, and
group discussions. A small group is selected from the target group, and the data collected from
them is assumed to represent the whole quota. The article utilized both the qualitative and the
mixed research methods to analyze the data collected. Most of the mentors expressed satisfaction
towards the results apart from those who scored low.
Quantitative research is used to show the magnitude of a problem by use of numerical
data. It investigates and quantifies defined variables like attitudes, behaviors and opinions from a
massive population by sampling selected few members and then generalizing the data as to be
from the whole quota. The method is more structured in nature. The most common methods
employed are surveys, telephone interviews, face to face interviews and polls. It makes use of
measurable data to uncover patterns in research (Collins et.al, 2010). The article used
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