Quantitative research Qualitative research
Focus on testing hypotheses and theories. Focus on exploring ideas formulating a theory or hypothesis.
Requires many respondents. Requires few respondents.
Closed questions. Open-ended questions.
Quantitative is a good fit for my study. My research question is ” Does foster kids have higher risk of homelessness compared to youth who were never placed out of home by child welfare? The reason why Quantitative fit my study because I will be able test the theory if foster children is more at risk of becoming homeless if they removed from their home. With quantitative research you to analyze a survey with multiple choice questions that is distributed to a sample. This could be done online, in person, or over phone. I could also experiment the situation. Situation in which different types of variables are controlled and manipulated to establish cause and effect relationships. I could observed the subject in a natural environment where variables can not be controlled.
The way how I will make sure my approach will be culturally sensitive by understanding how cultural differences may affect and influence individuals when forming their unique personalities, perceptions, and their interaction to others.
Yegidis, B. L., Weinbach, R. W., & Myers, L. L. (2018). Research methods for social workers (8th ed.). Pearson. Chapter 6: Qualitative Research (pp. 126–145)
Casado, B. L., Negi, N. J., & Hong, M. (2012). Culturally competent social work research: Methodological considerations for research with language minorities Social Work, 57(1), 1–10.
Respond to two colleagues by providing constructive feedback on their choice of methodological approach. Would a different approach be more appropriate or effective in answering the research question? Why or why not?