3.8 Conclusion

In this chapter, we discussed types of quantitative research designs, the various methods of quantitative data collection and data analysis. The scenario of Jaden exploring the world around him by investigating the differences between a blown light bulb and a new light bulb can be linked to quantitative research. Quantitative research involves using numerical data and statistical methods to gather and analyse information about a particular topic or phenomenon. In this scenario, Jaden’s investigation of the light bulbs in different rooms is similar to the systematic and empirical approach used in quantitative research.

Jaden’s mother used the blown light bulb as an opportunity to teach her son the concept of a burnt-out filament, which he then used to investigate the other light bulbs in the house. Similarly, quantitative researchers use existing knowledge or previous studies to develop a research question or hypothesis, which is then tested through systematic data collection and analysis. Quantitative research often involves the use of statistical techniques to analyze data, such as calculating means, standard deviations, and correlations. Jaden’s search for a dark spot or break in the filament of the blown light bulb is similar to how researchers look for patterns, trends, or relationships in their data to draw conclusions.


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