How might you identify whether a journal article is qualitative or quantitative?

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To identify whether this article contains qualitative or quantitative data, you need to ask yourself a key question. Firstly, to do this you have a look at the information contained in the article. Then, you must ask yourself is the information based on numbers and statistics, or does it contain a numerical analysis? If so, you can identify the information in this article as quantitative data. This type of data relates to quantities of things and is, therefore, quantitative.

Conversely, is the information in the article based on words or images? If so, you can identify this article as containing qualitative data.

As a final point, it is worth noting that some articles might contain a mixture of quantitative and qualitative data. Be sure to look out for both types as you read.

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Research can generally be described as being either qualitative or quantitative; journal articles describing the research will match the topic of the article.

Qualitative research is generally marked by use of questionnaires, surveys, and other tools designed to gain verbal information and reactions or understandings about the topic(s) being researched. Quantitative research relies on the collection and analysis of numerical data - hence the reference to quantity.

Some researchers consider qualitative research as being suspect because it does not produce objectively measurable results.


number1gradstudent | Student

Quantitative research on amassing irrefutable data and presenting it in a concise, visually appealing manner via charts and grafs. Qualititave is just more like a bunch of people sitting around, dialoguing and they write up their opinions and try to pass them off as fact. Youu see a chart and stastical're looking at quantitative.


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earlyn | Student

In order to know whether a research is quantitative or qualitative, you would first need to understand what quantitative and qualitative is.

Quantitative journal article has the use of number and statistic to disscus the research done about the article. The information collected comes in the form of figures.  With qualitative, the information research for the journal article is made up of information taken from an interview, survey or questionnaire.  This research has statements about what was researched.