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Is there one right way to conduct social research When undertaking Social research there are two most commonly used methods quantitative and qualitative There is often a great divide between the users of qualitative and quantitative methods of research Put simply quantitative research uses mathematical principals and it is statistical therefore it is often viewed as more reliable and valid On the other hand there is qualitative research which is based on interviewing and finding out the why of a particular situation Qualitative research is interpretative rather than descriptive is non-numerical and is known for its credibility and auditability A balanced assessment of the two forms of research requires a knowledge of the history behind the two forms of research an in depth look at what they are and what they both entail as social research and to discover the different methods that can be used within qualitative and quantitative research We also need to find out the strengths and weaknesses of both qualitative and quantitative data so fair judgement can be made to discover if there is a correct way to undertake social research The history behind qualitative and quantitative data It is qualitative data that has its origins in hermeneutics and can often be associated with ethnography naturalistic research or grounded theory which I will discuss laterHermeneutics is the view that observation is an imperative process Sutton and Bradley 1993406In the English dictionary hermeneutics is defined as 1The science of interpretation esp scriptures 2 The branch of theology that deals with the principals and methodology of exegeses Collins English dictionary 1979The name Hermeneutics was taken from the son of Zeus called Hermes who was known as the god of travellers Gadamer 19601975 as cited in Kliening and Witt Hermes was seen as competent because of his slyness and therefore the gods trusted him to interpret their intentions to the human beings Later in 18431906 John Stuart Mill was said to
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