Quantitative Data

ROP - February 2014

Quantitative Research

  • Research design is largely predetermined
  • Emphasis is on measurement of quantifiable variables
  • Often, reliance is on control variables and one manipulated variable
  • Results are analysed statistically
  • Researchers are frequently external to the context

5 Steps in the Process of Data Collection

  • Select the participants to be studied
  • Obtain permission needed
  • Consider the types of information to collect from several sources
  • Locate and select the collection instruments to use
  • Administer the data colleection

Sources of Quantitative Data

Many different kinds of data gathering methods are available to you, both quantitative and qualitative. You can use surveys/questionnaires and attitude scales, head-counts, standardized tests, pre and post tests, (quantitative) and also journals, diaries, field nots and audio and videotape recordings (qualitative).
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