Ladner outlines the different strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methods, providing a framework for leveraging the strengths of each approach. She suggests that the differences are more fundamental than simply an issue of data types; rather, they are informed by fundamental differences in the epistemological and ontological lenses that each approach takes.
- Deductive reasoning tests a theory against data
- Inductive reasoning develops new hypotheses based on limited available data.
Qualitative and Quantitative Research methods
- Qualitative and quantitative research methods each have trade-offs
- Qualitative and quantitative research represent different philosophies of knowledge.
- Qualitative research excels at explanation