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DESIGN DIFFERENCES Design Differences Sirisha Nandini Jala PSY 326: Research Methods Angela Willis April 20 th , 2011 1
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DESIGN DIFFERENCES Abstract The chosen issue is arranged marriages. It was selected due to personal reasons of being an Indian female of marriageable age and soon to be, one of subjects written about in these studies of arranged marriages. The perspective of this approach is that arranged marriages last longer and arranged marriages are the typical Indian family affair, love marriages can last for a long time but people fall out of love and get divorced, arranged marriages have changed to adapt to the 21 st Century of Internet, and nowadays, in arranged marriages the children choose whom they marry but the parents have to meet the choice. The scope of this paper attempts to understand why arranged marriages have been more stable in India and other Asian countries than love marriages in the Western world, together with the advantages and disadvantages of this approach to marriage. Introduction Researchers use both qualitative and quantitative research design when conducting research. Whether qualitative or quantitative, all research is based on theories or assumptions on what can be considered valid research and what research methods are considered suitable. Although both designs are important and are commonly used, they both have important differences with different techniques and methods when used. In this paper qualitative and quantitative research design will be defined, revealing the differences between each research design. In addition, three characteristics of both qualitative study and quantitative study will be identified and their differences will be discussed and compared. Purpose of Research 2
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DESIGN DIFFERENCES The purpose or goal of a research project guides the design. There are two major approaches to research: Qualitative and Quantitative. Qualitative 1. Reject the idea that social sciences (such as education and training) can be studied with the same methods as the natural or physical sciences; 2. Feel that human behavior is always bound to the context in which it occurs; therefore, behavior must be studied holistically, in context, rather than being manipulated; 3. Employ an "insider's" perspective; this makes qualitative research an intensely personal and subjective style of research. Quantitative 1. Argues that both the natural and social sciences strive for testable and confirmable theories that explain phenomena by showing how they are derived from theoretical assumptions; 2. Reduce social reality to variables in the same manner as physical reality; 3. Attempt to tightly control the variable in question to see how other variables are influenced. Research Approach
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course PSY326 326 taught by Professor Angelawillis during the Spring '11 term at Ashford University.

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