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The central focus of Qualitative Research. As a researcher grasps the meaning of things, then insight and understanding follow.


The systematic process of determining values of Variables.


The measure of Central Tendency that divides the Distribution into two equal halves. Also called the middle score.


A meta-analysis is a statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies. Meta-analyses can be performed when there are multiple scientific studies addressing the same question, with each individual study reporting measurements that are expected to have some degree of error. The aim then is to use approaches from statistics to derive a pooled estimate closest to the unknown common truth based on how this error is perceived. It is thus a basic methodology of Metascience. Meta-analytic results are considered the most trustworthy source of evidence by the evidence-based medicine literature.



Another name for that part of the article that discusses Procedures and other logistical issues. Sometimes called Procedures.


A specialized form of Ethnography where the researcher conducts a narrowly focused study over a short period of time.

Mixed-Methods Research

A fairly new type of research where Qualitative and Quantitative Research methods are systematically combined.


The measure of Central Tendency that describes the most common score.

Multiple Regression

A specialized form of Regression where more than one predictor Variable is used.


Narrative Analysis

A specialized research method in Qualitative Research that looks at the dynamics and characteristics of stories and story-like types of Data.

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