Exploring 100 key questions (and answers) on the nature and practice of qualitative inquiry, this unique book addresses the practical decisions that researchers must make in their work, from the design of the study, through ethics approval, implementation, and writing. The book’s quick-scan, question-and-answer format make it ideal as a supplementary text or as a ready reference for graduate students preparing for comprehensive exams and writing research proposals, undergraduates in affiliated programs who will not be taking a primary course in qualitative research methods, and researchers working across disciplines in academic or practice environments.

What Is the Difference Between Quantitative Positivism and Qualitative Constructionism?

What Is the Difference Between Quantitative Positivism and Qualitative Constructionism?

Positivism and constructionism are often positioned at opposite ends of the spectrum as to how researchers view and understand the world around them. Positivism is grounded in a realist perspective, where a single reality is believed to exist and can be measured. Universal truths are exposed through data collection and analysis using precise tests designed to deal with aggregate data. Historically, positivism is equated with quantitative research practices and the scientific method; however, many mixed-methods designs allow for a mix of quantitative/positivist investigations alongside qualitative/constructionist research. Many quantitative researchers now align their thinking with postpositivist ideals, which allow room for uncertainty and focus more on ...

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