Qualitative research methods in information and library science. dr. Alenka Šauperl Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. [email protected] QUANTITATIVE Hypothesis testing Variables
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dr. Alenka Šauperl
Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Measuring instruments developed before the actual project starts
Numeric data, precise, exact measurement
Standardized procedures, repetitions
Analysis: statistical methods, charts and tables
Results: charts, tables, facts
Validity: statistical tests
Discovery and understanding of events
Themes, motives, categories
Measuring instruments develop during the project, considering setting and researcher
Textual data, documents, observations, descriptive
Individualized procedures, repetitions are difficult and different
Analysis: seeking patterns, generalizations from available data
Results: stories, narratives, descriptions
Validity: triangulation, peer reviewComparison of quantitative and qualitative methods
Can study be repeated with the same results?
Do your results represent true picture of events/processes?