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Article: Never the twain shall meet? Quantitative psychological researchers' perspectives on qualitative research

TitleNever the twain shall meet? Quantitative psychological researchers' perspectives on qualitative research
Authors
KeywordsAssumptions
Multi-Method Approach
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Research
Research Methods
Theoretical Integration
Issue Date2011
Citation
Qualitiative Research In Sport, Exercise And Health, 2011, v. 3 n. 3, p. 266-277 How to Cite?
AbstractThe aim of this article was to provide a quantitative researchers' perspective on qualitative research applied to sport and exercise psychology. Specifically, we aimed to identify some of the 'problems' that researchers adopting a predominantly quantitative, 'natural science' approach to psychological phenomena in psychology have with qualitative approaches. In addition, we also identified, as researchers from a predominantly background, the merits of adopting multi-method approach using both quantitative and qualitative methods in psychological research in sport and exercise psychology. We identified four potential 'problems' that quantitative researchers have with qualitative research: it is 'atheoretical', not sufficiently rigorous, lacks 'objectivity' and is not generalisable. We argue that many of these 'problems' arise from uninformed prejudice and that many studies in quantitative research are also subject to the perceived 'problems' levelled at qualitative research. In conclusion, we provide advocacy for multi-method approaches using qualitative methods to inform quantitative research and provide examples from the psychological literature such as the development of psychometric measures. We also encourage quantitative researchers to examine the potential merits of integrating qualitative approaches in their research to provide a comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon of interest. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/161399
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.912
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dc.contributor.authorHagger, MSen_US
dc.contributor.authorChatzisarantis, NLDen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-24T08:31:08Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-24T08:31:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationQualitiative Research In Sport, Exercise And Health, 2011, v. 3 n. 3, p. 266-277en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe aim of this article was to provide a quantitative researchers' perspective on qualitative research applied to sport and exercise psychology. Specifically, we aimed to identify some of the 'problems' that researchers adopting a predominantly quantitative, 'natural science' approach to psychological phenomena in psychology have with qualitative approaches. In addition, we also identified, as researchers from a predominantly background, the merits of adopting multi-method approach using both quantitative and qualitative methods in psychological research in sport and exercise psychology. We identified four potential 'problems' that quantitative researchers have with qualitative research: it is 'atheoretical', not sufficiently rigorous, lacks 'objectivity' and is not generalisable. We argue that many of these 'problems' arise from uninformed prejudice and that many studies in quantitative research are also subject to the perceived 'problems' levelled at qualitative research. In conclusion, we provide advocacy for multi-method approaches using qualitative methods to inform quantitative research and provide examples from the psychological literature such as the development of psychometric measures. We also encourage quantitative researchers to examine the potential merits of integrating qualitative approaches in their research to provide a comprehensive explanation of the phenomenon of interest. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.subjectAssumptionsen_US
dc.subjectMulti-Method Approachen_US
dc.subjectQualitative Researchen_US
dc.subjectQuantitative Researchen_US
dc.subjectResearch Methodsen_US
dc.subjectTheoretical Integrationen_US
dc.titleNever the twain shall meet? Quantitative psychological researchers' perspectives on qualitative researchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/2159676X.2011.607185en_US
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