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Title

Closing Down the Conversation: The End of the Quantitative-Qualitative Debate Among Educational Inquirers

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Educational Researcher

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

4

Last Page

12

Abstract

The contention of this paper is that the claim of compatibility and the call for cooperation between quantitative and qualitative inquiry cannot be sustained. Moreover, these claims have the unfortunate effect of closing down an important conversation. To elaborate these points, this paper briefly reviews the transition from conflict to cooperation between the two perspectives and then notes how compatibility is based on a confusion over two different definitions of method. Finally, the discussion focuses on why this conversation, because it invokes issues crucial to our understanding of who we are and what we do as inquirers, must be reinvigorated. © 1986, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1986

DOI of published version

10.3102/0013189X015001004

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