The methodological underdog: a review of quantitative research in the key adult education journals

Boeren, E. (2018) The methodological underdog: a review of quantitative research in the key adult education journals. Adult Education Quarterly, 68(1), pp. 63-79. (doi:10.1177/0741713617739347)

Boeren, E. (2018) The methodological underdog: a review of quantitative research in the key adult education journals. Adult Education Quarterly, 68(1), pp. 63-79. (doi:10.1177/0741713617739347)

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Abstract

An examination of articles published in leading adult education journals demonstrates that qualitative research dominates. To better understand this situation, a review of journal articles reporting on quantitative research has been undertaken by the author of this article. Differences in methodological strengths and weaknesses between quantitative and qualitative research are discussed, followed by a data mining exercise on 1,089 journal articles published in Adult Education Quarterly, Studies in Continuing Education, and International Journal of Lifelong Learning. A categorization of quantitative adult education research is presented, as well as a critical discussion on why quantitative adult education does not seem to be widespread in the key adult education journals.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boeren, Professor Ellen
Authors: Boeren, E.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Adult Education Quarterly
Publisher:SAGE
ISSN:0741-7136
ISSN (Online):1552-3047
Published Online:01 November 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Adult Education Quarterly 68(1):63-79
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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