Challenging the Qualitative-Quantitative Divide: Explorations in Case-focused Causal Analysis

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A&C Black, Mar 8, 2012 - Education - 288 pages
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An exploration of case-focused methods as a means of bridging the quantitative-qualitative divide and the key methodological issues.
 

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Contents

The QualitativeQuantitative Divide
1
Part I Problems with Quantitative and Qualitative Research
25
1 Whats Wrong with Quantitative Research?
27
The Problem of Inference from Outcomes to Opportunities
57
Grounded Theorizing and the Qualitative Survey
72
The Example of Ethnic Inequalities in Educational Achievement
96
Part II Exploring CaseFocused Approaches to Causal Analysis
127
5 Analytic Induction versus Qualitative Comparative Analysis
129
The Case of Ability and Educational Achievement
170
Comparing Fuzzy Qualitative Comparative Analysis with Fuzzy Cluster Analysis
208
Conclusion
240
Author Index
255
Subject Index
261
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Barry Cooper is Emeritus Professor of Education at Durham University, UK. From 2004-2007, he was co-editor of the British Educational Research Journal.

Judith Glaesser is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Durham University, UK.

Roger Gomm, now retired, was Lecturer in Health and Welfare at the Open University, UK. He has a long experience of ethnographic research in both the UK and internationally, and of bespoke evaluation research.

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at the Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (1992); The Politics of Social Research (1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (2008), and Methodology, Who Needs It? (2011).

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