Research philosophy: towards an understanding

Research philosophy: towards an understanding In this paper, Frank Crossan argues that the distinction between quantitative and qualitative philosophies and research methods is sometimes overstated, and that triangulation of methods in contemporary research is common. It is, therefore, important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and this paper aims to provide the novice researcher with a basis for developing that understanding. A descriptive analysis of the philosophies of positivism and post-positivist thinking in relation to research methodology is presented both as an introduction to the philosophical basis of research, and as a sound basis from which to discuss the ‘quantitative-qualitative’ debate. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nurse Researcher Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Research philosophy: towards an understanding

Nurse Researcher, Volume 11 (1) – Oct 1, 2003

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Publisher
Royal College of Nursing (RCN)
Copyright
©2012 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.
Subject
issues in research
ISSN
1351-5578
eISSN
2047-8992
DOI
10.7748/nr2003.10.11.1.46.c5914
pmid
14533474
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Abstract

In this paper, Frank Crossan argues that the distinction between quantitative and qualitative philosophies and research methods is sometimes overstated, and that triangulation of methods in contemporary research is common. It is, therefore, important to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach, and this paper aims to provide the novice researcher with a basis for developing that understanding. A descriptive analysis of the philosophies of positivism and post-positivist thinking in relation to research methodology is presented both as an introduction to the philosophical basis of research, and as a sound basis from which to discuss the ‘quantitative-qualitative’ debate.

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Nurse ResearcherRoyal College of Nursing (RCN)

Published: Oct 1, 2003

Keywords: research methods research philosophy positivism post-positivism quantitative qualitative

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