Compare the Strengths and Weaknesses of Quantitative and Qualitative Research

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Compare the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative research. Illustrate your answer with appropriate research situations. Introduction There are two board research approaches: called qualitative and quantitative research. The writer is going to compare the strengths and weaknesses of both two research approach by introducing two different research papers both related to elder abuse. The content of a qualitative research “Elder Abuse and Mistreatment in Residential Settings” (Radka and Kateřina, 2009) (qualitative study) and a quantitative research “Proclivity to Elder Abuse, A community Study on Hong Kong Chinese” (Elsie and Catherine, 2003) (quantitative study) are being discussed and the related strengths…show more content…
The researchers have to review all the time in-between the research process. And it is more difficult to estimate the work load since researchers would have interviews by saturation, means that they do not know how many informants should interview or how many documents should study before they have found the information or themes are being saturated. Sampling - Relatively small number of participants In the qualitative study, population who is related to improper treatment or elder abuse in institution setting is not big, and cannot be listed. It is fail to meet the requirement of quantitative representative and sufficiency sampling but qualitative since the study need in-depth understanding of the informants and analysis. Sampling - Contextualize ability and Generalizability Qualitative research is less able to generalize because the sample is not representative sample. The findings and result only applicable only in the particular circumstances, say in the qualitative study, all the victims are all live in the countries have similar culture of relationship with elders, institutions have similar working environment, employment situation, the contracts management regulation etc. The researcher of the study also claimed that the coding of the study is based on grounded categories, thus it is very difficult to prove the generalization of outcomes. At the
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