The pros and cons of quantitative research

Both quantitative and qualitative research have their benefits and drawbacks. Which research method you use will depend on the nature of your research study, although of course, you may opt to do mixed methods research, in which case you can employ both qualitative and qualitative research methods. The pros and cons of quantitative research have been extensively debated, and in the past, generally, science students mainly employed quantitative methods, while humanities students used qualitative research methods.

However, research has now become more rigorous, with humanity students developing computer models, and having a hand in the development of databases. In 2015 the Guardian newspaper reported that a graduate student in the English department at the illustrious Stanford University had developed a computer program which is able to predict bestsellers on the New York Times listings. Humanities researchers have also developed a database which can track (among other things) the development of the Transatlantic slave trade. Yet another database is being used to preserve and publish the Dead Sea scrolls. There are many other examples of humanities students transferring their skills so that they inform scientific fields.

It is the academics from the wold’s humanities departments who explore ethical issues and work put how the past can inform the present. It is the humanities that teach students about the world outside the four walls of a classroom. In today’s world critical-thinking skills are at a premium, and these, as well as the very necessary communication skills, are taught in humanities departments.

 

However, humanities departments are often poorly funded and undervalued.

How it works

Student places an order

Student places an order

Writers make their offers

Writers make their offers

Student Hires a WRITER

Student Hires a WRITER

THE WRITER GETS TO WORK

THE WRITER GETS TO WORK

Price calculator
We've got the best prices, check out yourself!
Deadline
Specify when you would like to receive the paper from your writer. Make sure you leave a few more days if you need the paper revised. You'll get 20 more warranty days to request any revisions, for free.
Pages
Words
+
Our Price
Competitors' price is calculated using statistical data on writers' offers on Studybay
Competitors' price
We've gathered and analyzed the data on average prices offered by competing websites
£ 0 Best Price!
£ 0
  • This type of research is quick and cost-effective to do as opposed to qualitative research, which takes longer to do and is also more expensive.
  • Researchers undertaking quantitative research studies are able to test their hypotheses.
  • The statistical nature of such research allows researchers to generalise.
  • Researchers can readily understand the relationship between dependent and independent variables.
  • Quantitative research is extremely useful when conducting large surveys, for example a nationwide census.
  • Because quantitative research is all about numbers and figures, it can’t be misinterpreted,
  • This method employs the use of statistics which enable researchers to understand large amounts of information.
  • The data can be collected can be analysed quickly. Also, the results can be generalised to include a whole nation if a valid random sampling technique is employed.
  • A researcher can guarantee anonymity to participants in a quantitative research study.
  • A researcher can explore topics in depth using qualitative research methods.
  • More details can be extracted and explored by using qualitative research methods.
  • The researcher can explore hypotheses from many perspectives.
  • Qualitative research can also be used to add depth and colour to quantitative research.
  • One of the disadvantages of doing quantitative research is that a computer is needed to perform calculations. Researchers might use Excel or data analysis software, and in still developing countries, particularly in remote rural areas, this might not be available.
  • If your sample is large, it will take more time to analyse both the data and the results.
  • It can take a long time to collect data from a large sample.
  • Entering copious amounts of data is very time consuming.
  • Quantitative data must, of necessity, ignore the human element.

These data collection methods include –

  • surveys
  • polls
  • questionnaires
  • observations

Also, already existing statistical data can be manipulated if computational techniques are utilised.

A quantitative study normally ends with the researcher confirming or refuting the hypothesis that was tested. The researcher decides what variables he or she wants to use, and data related to those variables is collected. Measurement is central to quantitative research.

  1. Quantitative research generally starts with the researcher coming up with a hypothesis or research question. Then this is explored in depth and the results are reported.
  2. You will need a clear focus for your research study.
  3. You first need to define the study’s scope and come up with your research question(s).
  4. You will also need to develop a list of your research objectives.
  5. Think about the pros and cons of quantitative research and qualitative research and decide if a mixed methods approach might be better. This will give you richer data and allow for flexibility. More and more researchers are using mixed methods these days.
  6. Will you need to make use of a consent form? If you will need one, then make sure you have it in the languages spoken by participants in the study. If children and adults participate in the study, you will need separate consent forms.
  7. Prepare a form which explains the reasons for the study in the various languages spoken by participants.

Thorough preparation is needed before the commencement of the research and you must ensure that you pay attention to details (including getting consent forms signed).

Now that you have read this article, you may feel more confident about writing up your research study. However, we are on hand if you need extra help and guidance.

We understand that some students are uncomfortable with the writing process. This is especially true if English is not your first language. The last thing you want to do is fail an assignment because of your lack of proficiency in English University courses are expensive and very demanding.

Some institutions and academic journals now allow students to write in forms other than Standard English, for example, people can now write in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) for some journals. However, if you want to make a good impression on tutors and editors, it would probably be best if you hired a professional proof reader/editor before submitting your paper to a journal.

You can, of course, ask English-speaking friends to read your work and correct any mistakes. Ask them to make comments on what you have written too and made suggestions for improving your work. You will need to be able to accept their constructive criticism, and not get upset, after all. your friends only want to help you.

However, it is probably better if you employ a professional proof reader/editor to tidy up your writing. Alternatively, you can hire the services of one of our professional writers and they can write the study for you. Our services are completely confidential and professional.

Contact us now for more information and to discover how we can best help you with your writing.

What is Studybay.com

  • 15+ years experience in academic paper writing assistance
  • 100% original writing
  • 97% customer rating
  • 24/7 FREE customer support via phone and email
  • Flexible discount policy
  • VIP services available
  • All subjects available

Today’s site activity

Preparing orders
Preparing orders
0
Completed orders
Completed orders
0
Active writers
Active writers
11856
Proofreaders
Proofreaders
115
Discount programs available for customers
Discount programs available for customers
6
Customer reviews
Customer reviews
0
Operators online
Operators online
12

What we can offer

FREE features in every order

free

Total Savings: $65

  • Outline$5
  • Amendments*$30
  • Title Page$5
  • Bibliography$15
  • Formatting$10

Academic style

All formats are available

Our Discounts

Special price $5 /page

Get help with any kind of assignment - from a high school essay to a PhD dissertation

Get help with any kind of assignment

Price calculator
We've got the best prices, check out yourself!
Deadline
Pages Words
Our Price
£0
Competitors' price
£0