Conflict between the quantitative and qualitative inquiry paradigms is ineluctable. Six solutions for resolving the conflict—denial, co-optation, supremacy, replacement, primacy of method, and anarchism—are reviewed and found wanting. In this article I propose that inquirers must choose an inquiry paradigm that is resonant with the values they wish to promote in the conduct of educational inquiry. I defend this modest proposal by examining the values expressed in inquiry paradigms and explain how one chooses an inquiry paradigm to achieve a state of value fit.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Sociology and Political Science
- Urban Studies