Answered By: Stephanie Wiegand
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016     Views: 31391

Quantitative Studies

  • Reduces data to numerical findings that are often expressed in charts and graphs
  • Groups certain features together and counts them
  • Deductive logic
  • Often tools - surveys, questionnaires, etc. - are used to compile data
  • Researcher is removed from the subject of investigation to remain neutral/objective

Qualitative Studies

  • Descriptive
  • Inductive logic
  • Often involve interviews or observation to compile data
  • Researcher is more often immersed in the subject of investigation, and more likely to be subjective

The study in question: the author is a member of the program being studied; the data comes from observation and is highly descriptive: A qualitative study.

See these two entries in the Encyclopedia of Research Design for more information:

Quantitative Research 

Qualitative Research