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|Definition||Research that seeks to provide understanding of human experience, perceptions, motivations, intentions, and behaviors based on description and observation and utilizing a naturalistic interpretative approach to a subject and its contextual setting.||Research based on traditional scientific methods, which generates numerical data and usually seeks to establish causal relationships between two or more variables, using statistical methods to test the strength and significance of the relationships.|
|What's Involved||Observations described in words||Observations measured in numbers|
|Starting Point||A situation the researcher can observe||A testable hypothesis|
|Goals||Participants are comfortable with the researcher. They are honest and forthcoming, so that the researcher can make robust observations.||Others can repeat the findings of the study. Variables are defined and correlations between them are studied.|
|Drawbacks||If the researcher is biased, or is expecting to find certain results, it can be difficult to make completely objective observations.||Researchers may be so careful about measurement methods that they do not make connections to a greater context.|
|Some Methods||Interview, Focused group, Observation, Ethnography, Grounded Theory||Survey, Randomized controlled trial, Clinical trial, Experimental Statistics|