Research Concepts and Methods (part 5): Quantitative inputs and qualitative outputs

by David Jenkins, University College Birmingham, UK
Wednesday 22nd August 2012 - Article 5

At the conclusion of the previous article in this series (Research Concepts and Methods part 4, Journal of Sports Therapy Vol. 5 Issue. 1), I referred to the potential for researchers to generate qualitative outputs from quantitative data inputs. This is one of four configurations possible once the notion of a full complimentarity of methods is adopted, rather than the dichotomous choice between objective and subjective analyses. The other three combinations are quantitative data inputs with quantitative analytical outputs; qualitative inputs with quantitative outputs; and qualitative inputs with qualitative outputs, the latter being broadly accepted as interpretivist analysis.

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