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Research Quality: Quantitative or Qualitative?


by Stephen P. Heyneman — January 31, 2014

This note will report on distortions from both quantitative and qualitative research. In the end I will argue that we should throw the terms out altogether and, instead of teaching graduate students in a class labeled ‘qualitative research’, that we should teach graduate students in a class simply titled ‘research methods’.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 31, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17400, Date Accessed: 10/23/2014 1:52:55 PM

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  • Stephen Heyneman
    Vanderbilt University
    STEPHEN P. HEYNEMAN received his PhD in comparative education from the University of Chicago in 1976. He served the World Bank for 22 years. Between 1976 and 1984 he helped research education quality and design policies to support educational effectiveness. Between 1984 and 1989 he was in charge of external training for senior officials world wide in education policy. And between 1989 and 1998, he was responsible for education policy and lending strategy, first for the Middle East and North Africa and later for the 27 countries of Europe and Central Asia. In July, 2000 he was appointed professor of International Education Policy at Vanderbilt University. Current interests include the effect of higher education on social cohesion, the international trade in education services and the economic and social cost to higher education corruption.
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