Chapter 3: Developing a Research Question
The distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods may seem irrelevant; however, it has led to bitter rivalries and divisions in the research world. Reflecting on Foucault’s idea of power- knowledge and the fact that people tend to like to quantify things, funding often goes to quantitative researchers. It is easier to demonstrate what the money was used for, given its focus on cause/ effect and outcomes. Qualitative researchers often are left out of funding decisions. What does this mean for our understanding of the world?