There are several ways to classify types of research. One way is qualitative versus quantitative–in other words, WORD vs. NUMBER data, methods, & analysis.
- Qualitative research focuses on words (or sometimes images) and their meanings.
- Quantitative research focuses on numbers or counting things and statistical analysis that yields probable meaning.
If you watch this short, easy-to-understand youtube clip, you’ll have all the basics that you need to understand these! Enjoy!
Critical thinking: Go to PubMed for this QUANTitative study on spiritual issues in care (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28403299) and compare it to this PubMed QUALitative study (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27853263) in terms of data, methods, & analysis)
For more information: See earlier posts