There are no qualitative methods – nor quantitative for that matter: the misleading rhetoric of the qualitative–quantitative argument

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Title There are no qualitative methods – nor quantitative for that matter: the misleading rhetoric of the qualitative–quantitative argument
Author Asberg, Rodney; Hummerdal, Daniel; Dekker, Sidney
Journal Name Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
Editor Waldemar Karkowski
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This article is about the comprehensive but meaningless rhetoric encircling the pseudo issue of quantitative–qualitative method. Two questions get clarification in this article. First, what does the term method mean, and second, what constraints should be attached to the term when moving into the theory and practice of science. Based on an examination of these two, we subsequently address the question of what the quantitative–qualitative argument is about. Our reasoning leads to the conclusion that the quantitative–qualitative argument should be removed from the agenda, so that significant and important a priori choices may be given due attention instead.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1464536X.2011.559292
Volume 12
Issue Number 5
Page from 408
Page to 415
ISSN 1464-536X
Date Accessioned 2012-01-31; 2012-03-28T22:34:32Z
Date Available 2012-03-28T22:34:32Z
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject History and Philosophy of Science (incl Non-historical Philosophy of Science)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44028
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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