Differentiating Between Qualitative & Quantitative Discussion


Differentiating Between Qualitative & Quantitative Discussion Post

  • Juliete Misas Hernandez, RN

NUR 611

There are different types of research methods that may be employed to conduct a research project. These include qualitative research method and quantitative research methods both of which collect data for the purpose of research, but the methods used to collect the data differ from one another. One way in which qualitative and quantitative research methods differ is that a quantitative research study will use numerical data, data which can be measured. While a qualitative research method will use personal experiences or documentation that explain how people feel, think, or respond to a researchable problem. “Qualitative research is descriptive. The data collected take the form of words or pictures rather than numbers. The written results of the research contain quotations from the data to illustrate and substantiate the presentation. The data include interview transcripts, fieldnotes, photographs, videotapes, personal documents, memos, and other official records” (Qualitative Research for Education – Buffalo State College, pg.5, 2022)

Depending on the topic of knowledge trying to be gained from a research study will determine the type of preferably research method to employee in the study either that be quantitative dealing with numbers and statistics versus qualitative dealing with words and meanings. “Qualitative research is the systematic inquiry into social phenomena in natural settings. These phenomena can include, but are not limited to, how people experience aspects of their lives, how individuals and/or groups behave, how organizations function, and how interactions shape relationships” (Teherani et al., 2015). Qualitative research aims to understand concepts, thoughts, or experiences, which may be accomplished using interviews with open-ended questions, observations described in words, and literature reviews. In contrast, when using quantitative methods, they researcher may want to test or confirm with a particular theory or with an assumption to establish a generalizable fact. Such type of research is composed of experiments, observations recordings, and surveys with closed-ended questions.

In conclusion, the research may decide to use quantitative research methods if they are wanting to confirm or test something such as a theory or a hypothesis. Thus, in contrast researcher may choose to use a qualitative research method if they are looking to understand a concepts, thought, or even an experience. Depending on the type of methods chosen to conduct their research topic will depend on the way in which they collect and use the data obtain from their research studies. The research may consider what their goals are, the objective of their research as well as the research question to determine which type of research method to use. The research must determine whether they want quantitative data versus qualitative data as well as the duration of the study and the sample size within their decision of which research method to use in their research study.


Teherani, A., Martimianakis, T., Stenfors-Hayes, T., Wadhwa, A., & Varpio, L. (2015, December). Choosing a qualitative research approach. Journal of graduate medical education. Retrieved July 18, 2022, from 

Qualitative Research for Education – Buffalo State College. (n.d.). Retrieved July 18, 2022, from 

We offer the bestcustom writing paper services. We have done this question before, we can also do it for you.

Why Choose Us

  • 100% non-plagiarized Papers
  • 24/7 /365 Service Available
  • Affordable Prices
  • Any Paper, Urgency, and Subject
  • Will complete your papers in 6 hours
  • On-time Delivery
  • Money-back and Privacy guarantees
  • Unlimited Amendments upon request
  • Satisfaction guarantee

How it Works

  • Click on the “Place Order” tab at the top menu or “Order Now” icon at the bottom and a new page will appear with an order form to be filled.
  • Fill in your paper’s requirements in the "PAPER DETAILS" section.
  • Fill in your paper’s academic level, deadline, and the required number of pages from the drop-down menus.
  • Click “CREATE ACCOUNT & SIGN IN” to enter your registration details and get an account with us for record-keeping and then, click on “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” at the bottom of the page.
  • From there, the payment sections will show, follow the guided payment process and your order will be available for our writing team to work on it.