a. couldn't pronounce
b. had to look up
c. need to learn more about
d. all of the above
Until now, I have viewed research as simply a compilation and evaluation of data (numeric or informational), either gathered through experimentation or from existing sources. In theory, I guess this means that I did have some insight into quantitative versus qualitative research.
In Chapter 1 of Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches, I was especially interested in the section regarding applied research. Without knowing a lot yet, the idea of doing research that is pragmatic in nature, with timely implementation of solutions seems appealing (Johnson and Christensen, 2014). This idea then pulled me to the action research culture of inquiry presented by Bentz and Shapiro (1998). I am having to spend a lot more time and effort figuring out phenomonolgy, ethnology, critical social science, etc. The clear cut research lenses of quantitative, action and evaluative are much more appealing to my logical, results-oriented mind.
I am looking forward to learning more about all of the cultures of inquiry as we move through this course. I am sure that each has its time and place. I just need to understand them before proceeding!
Bentz, V. M., & Shapiro, J. J. (1998). Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc.
Johnson, R. B., & Christensen, L. (2014). Chapter 1: Introduction to Educational Research. In Educational Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Approaches (pp. 1–28). Retrieved from http://uk.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/38122_Chapter1.pdf