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Qualitative Research Questions and Approaches ScWk 240 ‐‐ 10/31/08 Edward Cohen, Ph.D.
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Why are qualitative research questions different? First, let’s review quantitative research questions. They can be about Descriptive research, e.g. “What is the proportion of homeless people who have a mental illness?” or “How do San Jose public school test scores compare with other cities?” or Explanatory research, e.g. “Is there a relationship between self esteem in adolescents and their school performance?” or “Does CBT help older adults in long term care maintain cognitive functioning?” 2 ScWk 240 Edward Cohen
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Qualitative research comes from… A reaction against positivist thinking. Positivism is The view that an external, objective reality exists apart from our perceptions though we may never fully understand it Which allows us to generalize to the “unknown” population from our know sample The growth of relativism, interpretivism, constructivism, feminism, queer theory, etc. They share the view that reality is self and culturally determined (sometimes forced on others by the majority’s viewpoint ) The tradition of scientific inductive observation
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