Scientific research consists to a great deal of observation, which is divided into two major categories, namely quantitative and qualitative observation. Both categories have a firm place within research and more often than not, both are combined in order to achieve the most comprehensive result possible. For some types of research qualitative observation is the most suitable option, whereas other types are better served through quantitative observation. To differentiate quantitative from qualitative observation, one has to first of all understand both terms.
- Quantitative Observation
- Qualitative Observation
- Points of Difference
- QuantOb has measurable results, QualOb results are not easily quantified.
- QuantOb is objective, QualOb is subjective.
- QuantOb is analyzed after data collection; QualOb is continually analyzed during the gathering of data.
- QuantOb is generally performed in a controlled laboratory setting; QualOb is mostly performed in the shape of field observations within natural settings.