Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2014 Archive

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Designing quantitative research


3 November 2014

Quantitative research designs have long been dominated by self-consciously positivist approaches to the philosophy, rhetoric and methodology of research. This presentation outlines an alternative approach based on interpretive research methods. Interpretative methods are usually associated with qualitative research designs but are equally applicable to the analysis of quantitative data. In interpretive quantitative research, statistics are used to shed light on the unobservable data-generating processes that underlie observed data. Key tenets of interpretive quantitative methodology are the triangulation of research results arrived at by analysing data from multiple perspectives, the integration of measurement and modelling into a more holistic process of discovery, and the need to think reflexively about the manner in which data have come into existence. Interpretive quantitative research has the potential to yield results that are more meaningful, understandable, and applicable (from a policy standpoint) than those achieved through conventional positivist approaches.

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Designing quantitative research: the interpretive approach to quantitative research

Where Room 638, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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3 November 2014

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