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Qualitative versus quantitative research strategies: contrasting epistemological and ontological assumptions

Bahari, Siti Fatimah (2010) Qualitative versus quantitative research strategies: contrasting epistemological and ontological assumptions. Jurnal Teknologi (Sains Sosial) (52). pp. 17-28. ISSN 2180-3722

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Abstract

This paper attempts to discuss how qualitative (intensive) and quantitative (extensive) research strategies differ by contrasting epistemological and ontological aspects and how these beliefs and views fit with their different intellectual goals. Firstly, this paper discusses the importance of understanding philosophy in social science research and its relation to qualitative (intensive) and quantitative (extensive) research strategies. Then it develops by contrasting these two types of research strategies in relation to the principle orientation to the role of theory, epistemological and ontological assumptions. Epistemological assumptions consist of interpretivism for qualitative (intensive) research strategies and positivism for quantitative (extensive) research strategies. Whereas ontological assumptions constitute subjectivism/constructivism for qualitative (intensive) research and objectivism for quantitative (extensive) research strategies. Further it will explain how these two types of research strategies fit the different intellectual goals and finally concludes by discussing an alternative research strategi namely mixed method that may be employed in social science research.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Qualitative; quantitative; epistemology; ontology; research strategies
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Management and Human Resource Development (Formerly known)
ID Code:10043
Deposited By: Pn Norhayati Abu Ruddin
Deposited On:22 Jul 2010 02:26
Last Modified:05 Mar 2014 07:40

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