Conducting Qualitative Educational Research on the Internet

Conducting Qualitative Educational Research on the Internet

Bruce L. Mann (Memorial University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-732-4.ch025

Abstract

“Qualitative research” is sometimes juxtaposed against “quantitative research,” other times against experimental research The view taken in this chapter is that students should review both sides of the issue, explore a number of research styles offered in this and other books, and consider too the myriad of different methodologies available before making a decision. Qualitative research of online teaching or learning can employ any one of a number of research styles, the specific aim can vary according to the research paradigm, methods, and assumptions because “qualitative research” is an interpretive approach to studying human behavior over the Internet that may include some on-site investigation as well.

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