Towards a complementary research framework - part one

by David Jenkins
Tuesday 01st June 2010 - Article 2

This article is intended as an introductory text for a series of six discussions on research concepts and methodologies. In particular, the ongoing debate regarding the roles of positivism, critical realism, and interpretivism in relation to quantitative and qualitative research methods is addressed with the aim of perhaps liberating those sports therapy researchers who feel their quantitative empirical work should always be couched in positivist terms of reference, and others who may be methodologically constrained by the belief that their qualitative data can, or should, only be represented in interpretivist frameworks.

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