Bridging the gap: Qualitative & Quantitative methodologies. Jo Ferrie Interim Director of Graduate Training School of Social & Political Sciences. Venues and moodle codes. SSS1 Lecture 12-3pm Mondays (lecture 12-2.15ish (mandatory), then a revision session (optional))
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Bridging the gap:Qualitative & Quantitative methodologies
Jo Ferrie Interim Director of Graduate Training
School of Social & Political Sciences
“Each society has its regime of truth, its ‘general politics’ of truth: that is, the types of discourse which it accepts and makes function as true; the mechanisms and instances which enable one to distinguish true and false statements, the means by which each is sanctioned; the techniques and procedures accorded value in the acquisition of truth; the status of those who are charged with saying what counts as true” (Foucault 1980, 131).
Comte, A. (1974) The Essential Comte: Selections from Course de Philosophie Positive (S. Andreski, Ed.) New York: Barnes & Noble
3. Data Collection
5. Hypotheses confirmed
Do statistics always tell the whole story? (thanks to Cat Nixon MRC)Using the London 2012 Olympic medal table
Medals per 100,000 population = (no. medals won/population size)100000
Medals per $1bn GDP = no. medals won/GDP
Logarithmic adjustment for population size and weighted by medal colour
So what does it mean?
Do you always believe what you read?Yet another example from the world of sport
- Creates “knowledge-base” that becomes “fact-base”
What the newspapers say….
Number of athletes who won a medal at Olympic Games by education type
Is it really that simple?
A real world example of mixed methods
Who are looked after children? (Cat Nixon again, MRC)
Prevalence of health risk behaviours in children looked after by state and those living with at least one biological parent
Reasons for drug and alcohol use
at first it was cannabis, poppers, aerosols, all the kind of stupit stuff but then I started going out with a few of the people when I moved into (the unit) and you started going out at the weekends and there was eccies flying aboot and there was cocaine flying aboot and speed, I mean I was only 12 year old and I was taking them all just to show I wasnae a daft wee lassie… I was just trying to act the big hard brass Andrea which I was at one point but that’s what everyone thought but I was a vulnerable wee lassie on the inside who just wanted to go out and drink and dae drugs tae just try to block it all oot”.
Andrea, aged 16
“I’d just take anything, anything we could get
our hands on. We’d smoke it all and snort it all or
whatever and you used to feel really good, but then
the next day you’d just think ‘why am I doing this?’,
but it was really, I just think it was getting away
from everything that made it worthwhile.”
Sophie aged 14