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Resolving the Quantitative-Qualitative Dilemma: A Critical Realist Approach

Scott, David (2007) Resolving the Quantitative-Qualitative Dilemma: A Critical Realist Approach. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30 (1). pp. 3-17. ISSN 1743-727X

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Abstract

The philosophical issues underpinning the quantitative–qualitative divide in educational research are examined. Three types of argument which support a resolution are considered: pragmatism, false duality and warranty through triangulation. In addition a number of proposed strategies—alignment, sequencing, translation and triangulation—are critically assessed. The article concludes by suggesting that many of these ways of reconciling quantitative and qualitative methods and approaches are still deficient in relation to the development of an overarching and correct view of ontological and epistemological matters, and that critical realism offers a more coherent solution, where the reconciliation occurs at the ontological level.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Scott, David (2007) Resolving the Quantitative-Qualitative Dilemma: A Critical Realist Approach. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 30 (1). pp. 3-17 Journal of Research and Method in Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/17437270701207694
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Learning, Curriculum and Communication
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 15:19
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:57
URI: http://eprints.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/5568
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