How to Choose a Qualitative or Quantitative
Research Methodology for Your Dissertation or Thesis
Graduate students often find that their dissertation or thesis topics cannot be reduced to mere numbers. As a result, students routinely contemplate, and sometimes even agonize, over choosing a qualitative or quantitative research methodology. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be feeling frustrated or overwhelmed while deciding on an appropriate research design for your dissertation or thesis.
We can help you decide between a qualitative or quantitative research methodology, ensuring that you achieve the goals of your research project. You may even discover during consultation that your topic requires a mixed methodology. Using a reductionism approach, we examine these issues step-by-step, helping you make an educated decision regarding your choice of methodology. We also help you examine the benefits and trade-offs in using a qualitative versus quantitative research design.
When deciding on whether to employ a qualitative versus quantitative research design, there are a number of issues to consider. One methodology is not “better” or “easier” than the other. Each approach has different theoretical goals for answering specific research questions. Our consultants will help you explore these issues with careful consideration to your dissertation or thesis.
Regardless of your choice of methodology, our discussions help to increase your confidence and understanding of both qualitative and quantitative research. These collaborative discussions develop your ability to explain your choice of methodology to even the most demanding dissertation or thesis advisor.
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