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Quantitative and qualitative research in the built environment: application of “mixed” research approach

Dilanthi Amaratunga (Dilanthi Amaratunga is a Research Fellow, at the School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
David Baldry (David Baldry is a Lecturer, at the School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Marjan Sarshar (Marjan Sarshar is a Director, Construct IT at the School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Rita Newton (Rita Newton is a Lecturer at the School of Construction and Property Management, The University of Salford, Salford, UK.)

Work Study

ISSN: 0043-8022

Article publication date: 1 February 2002

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Abstract

Built environment research consists of cognitive and affective, as well as behavioural, components. Existing built environment research utilises either strong qualitative or, more often, strong quantitative methodologies. Aims to discuss some of the philosophical issues that would be considered when undertaking academic research into the built environment. Considers the available research options or paradigms and suggests ways in which a researcher can make an informed and sensible decision as to how to proceed. The main dimensions of the debate about the relative characteristics and merits of quantitative and qualitative methodology are outlined, developing the argument that the use of a single methodology often fails to explore all of these components. The use of a mixed methods approach is suggested to counteract this weakness and to enhance research into the built environment.

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Amaratunga, D., Baldry, D., Sarshar, M. and Newton, R. (2002), "Quantitative and qualitative research in the built environment: application of “mixed” research approach", Work Study, Vol. 51 No. 1, pp. 17-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/00438020210415488

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