Education: Library and Research Resources

This Education Subject Guide contains general library, information literacy and library research information for the College of Education. It also links to more specific information on College of Education departments.

Differences between Qulaitative and Quantitative Research

Qualitative Research   Quantitative Research
Different grounding - about developing theory

Different grounding - about testing theories

About answering complex question

About testing a hypothesis

Context is interrelated and contributes to analysis  

Research should be context free

Unit of Analysis: Words

Unit of Analysis: Numbers

Focus on rich description

Focus on measuring variables

Theory can "emerge" from the data analysis

Theory is known before collecting data

More process-oriented (time intensive process) More outcomes-focused (faster to extract numerical findings)
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