Quantitative And Qualitative Research Method

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Research methodology is the cornerstone of research. It links methods of research to the research outcomes, and governs the choice and use of research methods, instruments, procedures and techniques used in collecting and analysing data. Creswell (2014). This study will adopt a descriptive survey research design and both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used in order to confirm the validity of the findings. The study will be conducted at Mafeteng, Mohales’s hoek, Qacha’s Nek, and Butha-Buthe branches and the research population will comprise of all registered users who make use of these libraries, the librarians and the library assistants. The methods which will be used to collect data are surveys, questionnaires, interviews…show more content…
A research methodology addresses the subjects of research design, sources of data, technique for collecting the data, and data analysis. This study will employ interpretivism and positivism as research paradigms. This is because both qualitative and quantitative research methods were used for the interviews, questionnaires, and observation in gathering and analysing the data that were collected. According to Creswell (2014) quantitative and qualitative approaches are the two basic paradigms of research. Both these methods are essential to the research process but Connaway and Powell (2010:117) point out that they require some common and some different skills. The use of the desired method depends on the research topic and the suitability of the questions asked. Each method has its own rules of practice (Naidu, 2009). The researcher chose to use a qualitative part of the instrument with library users and senior management in order to explore multiple perspectives about how the library services affect their experiences and views respectively. The details are that 60 users of branch libraries will…show more content…
Kachoka (2010), Naidu (2009), Shim (2010), all used a survey design. Moreover survey research approaches can save time and money without sacrificing efficiency, truthfulness and information adequacy in the research process (Naidu 2009). The promptness of gathering information and the fact that it allows for collecting data within a relatively short period of time is advantageous.
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