Disadvantages of Positivism/Quantitative Methods

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Low in validity
Quantitative data does not go into detail about thoughts and feelings, and so could lack truthfulness
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Objectivity and value-freedom
Interpretivists claim that no research can be value free; the researcher's values are involved in the research design process
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Limited detail
Respondents are restricted to brief answers, so the research is merely a snapshot of social reality at the time the study was conducted
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Positivism
Society cannot be studied like a science; people's reactions to events can vary wildly
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Questionnaires/survey
Answers provided in a questionnaire may not accurately describe a person's situation or circumstances
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Interpretivists claim that no research can be value free; the researcher's values are involved in the research design process

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Objectivity and value-freedom

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Respondents are restricted to brief answers, so the research is merely a snapshot of social reality at the time the study was conducted

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Society cannot be studied like a science; people's reactions to events can vary wildly

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Answers provided in a questionnaire may not accurately describe a person's situation or circumstances

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