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Chapter 15

Chapter 15

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Health Studies
Toba Bryant

HLTB10Chapter 15 Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Research Multistrategy researchwork that integrates quantitative and qualitative approachesThe Argument against MultiStrategy Research 285Particular research methods are associated with certain epistemological and ontological positionsQuantitative and qualitative research are inherently incompatible on epistemological and ontological groundsThe Embedded Methods Argument 286A decision to employ for example participant observation is not simply a choice about data collection but a commitment to an epistemological position that is consistent with interpretivism and incompatible with positivism or a natural science model in generalEpistemological positions of the two methods are irreconcilableThe Paradigm Argument 286This argument conceives quantitative and qualitative research as paradigmsA paradigm is a set of beliefs and assumptions about how the world works and how knowledge of it is to be gainedParadigms are incommensurable inconsistent with each other bc of their divergent assumptionsmethodsThe problem with the paradigm argument is that it rests as does the embedded methods claim on an interconnection of method and epistemology that has not been demonstratedTwo Positions in the Debate about Quantitative and Qualitative Research 286Two opposing argumentsAn epistemological argument as in the embedded method and paradigm position Multistrategy research is not possible in principleA technical argument research methods are perceived as being independent of any specific epistemological position A research method from one research strategy can be pressed into the service of another This approach views the two research strategies as compatibleApproaches to MultiStrategy Research 287
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