Quantitative vs Qualitative Paradigms

Quantitative vs Qualitative Paradigms

Complete the Foundations of Research Matrix

Write a 350 to 700 word paper in which you address the following questions:

  • How does your worldview align with the qualitative paradigm?
  • How does your worldview align with the quantitative paradigm?

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines. 
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  • Complete the matrix below by listing the primary characteristics of each Qualitative and Quantitative paradigm.
  • Be detailed and thorough in your descriptions.
  • Be sure to properly cite your sources (in-text and on the reference page) according to APA v. 6 standards.
Qualitative Quantitative


Qualitative Methods

The most common qualitative research designs in social science research include:

  • Case Study
  • Ethnography
  • Phenomenology
  • Grounded Theory

Each of these methods can be drilled down further.  For example, there are multiple types of phenomenological designs (empirical, interpretive, hermeneutic, transcendental, Husserlian, among others), and multiple types of case study designs (narrative, evaluative, descriptive, and exploratory, among others).

Complete the Qualitative Research Methods Matrix according to the following guidelines:

  1. List the primary characteristics of each design
  2. Locate a current peer-reviewed article (within the past  5 years) in your field that demonstrates each methodology
  3. Explain the following for each article:
    1. The problem investigated
    2. How data were collected and analyzed
    3. The trustworthiness of the data
    4. The key findings
    5. The transferability of the findings

Format your matrix consistent with APA guidelines.

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