Frontiers in Educational Research, 2020, 3(14); doi: 10.25236/FER.2020.031414.
Department of Humanities and Foreign Language, Hunan Agricultural University, Hunan, 410128, China
The purpose of this paper is to compare and critique three traditional research methods: quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. The article begins with a review from some research papers relating to the comparison of quantitative and qualitative methods. Definitions, Characteristics, strengths and limitations are discussed. Research papers have been examined and analysed in order to critique how these three methods have been applied in applied linguistics. It concludes that the best method depends on the knowledge of researchers, research questions and research purpose.
Comparison, Applied linguistics, Qualitative
Huang Lan. Comparison of Research Methods in Applied Linguistics--Quantitative, Qualitative and Mixed Methods. Frontiers in Educational Research (2020) Vol. 3 Issue 14: 78-85. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2020.031414.
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