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Theory and Practice in qualitative research. Smitha Venkatesh NPSI IB Psychology HL Paper 3. Learning outcome. To distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data. A Revision Exercise. Data and Variables. Data: Value or Measurements that variables describing an event can assume.

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theory and practice in qualitative research

Theory and Practice in qualitative research

SmithaVenkatesh NPSI IB Psychology HL Paper 3

learning outcome
Learning outcome
  • To distinguish between qualitative and quantitative data
data and variables
Data and Variables
  • Data: Value or Measurements that variables describing an event can assume
  • Discrete: something that can be counted. For eg: Number of rainy days, number of students taking psychology
  • Continuous: They can assume all values between any two given values. For eg: the weight you will put on or lose due to stress between now and the IB exams
  • Independent Variable: That can ___________
  • Dependent Variable: That can ______________
how does a researcher go about it
How does a researcher go about it?
  • Putting up posters
  • Handing out surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Opinion Polls
  • Interviews
  • Votes
  • Etc etc. Of course the best way to go about it is random sampling
what is quantitative data recap
What is Quantitative Data Recap
  • The term quantitative data is used to describe a type of information that can be counted or expressed numerically. This type of data is often collected in experiments, manipulated and statistically analyzed. Quantitative data can be represented visually in graphs, histograms, tables and charts.
  • Some examples of quantitative data include exact counts ('there were 789 students who attended the rally') or a type of measurement ('it was 78 degree Fahrenheit yesterday at 2 PM').
what is qualitative data recap
What is Qualitative Data Recap
  • Quantitative data can be contrasted with qualitative data, which involves describing things in terms of categorizations or qualities.
  • For example favorite colour…Blue, Green or Red.
  • It can also mean race, gender, religion, sport.
  • It can mean rank, or category, young, not so young, old and really really old
  • You can’t really measure the difference between the two scales
how do we measure both
How do we measure both?



  • Surveys
  • Instruments of measure, like weighing scale, exam scores (raw and standardized)
  • Counting
  • Case Studies
  • Surveys
  • Likert Scale
  • Observations
descriptive statistics
Descriptive Statistics
  • You may use bar charts
  • Pie Charts
  • Frequency distribution
  • Dot Plots
  • Time Series; Stem and Leaf etc etc


inferential statistics
Inferential Statistics
  • What do you ‘infer’ from the data?
  • How confident are you that 20% of the student population has the blood group A?
    • Your chances are better if you are taking a random population of 25 from the school, however 25 IGCSE students will also give you all a good idea.
  • Rainy Days in JULY??
measures of variability
Measures of Variability
  • Range
    • Inter quartile range
  • Mean Absolute Deviation
    • The average of absolute deviation from the mean
  • The Variance and Standard Deviation
    • Sample Variance: approximate average of the squared deviations from the mean
    • Sample Standard Deviation is the positive square root of the sample variance.
scared enough
Scared Enough??
  • Don’t worry, its quite simple 
need to have different types of data
Need to have different types of Data
  • You cannot measure everything in absolute in life.
  • In psychology there is no absolutes, and in social constructs, things do change
what is asked in paper 3
What is asked in Paper 3
  • Eg; Identify 3 types of Triangulation and briefly describe how each of them maybe applied in qualitative research (2005)
  • Now you will be given a case study and asked to comment on it (2011)