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The Qualitative - Quantitative research approach distinction.

Chapter in book
Authors Carl Martin Allwood
Published in In K. Keith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of cross-cultural psychology
Pages (pp. 1067–1070).
ISBN 978-0-470-67126-9
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc
Place of publication Chichester, UK
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages (pp. 1067–1070).
Language en
Keywords distinction between qualitative and quantitative approach
Subject categories Psychology, Other Social Sciences


The concept of qualitative research methodology developed during the last half of the twentieth century, and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research appears to have followed as a consequence of this development. Other contrasts suggested earlier, such as Wilhelm Dilthey's distinction between the natural and the human sciences, might have functioned as a thought model for many authors promoting the distinction. Today, the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research is well entrenched, as evidenced, for example, in the organization of research methodology texts, book series, and courses on research methodology. The distinction often appears in the cultural and cross-cultural research context. For example, some writers have suggested that cultural psychology and the indigenous psychologies should be identified or associated with a qualitative approach and cross-cultural psychology with a quantitative approach. In this text the disctinction between qualitative and quantitative research as such is critiqued from various perspectives.

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