Research Paradigms: Theory and Practice

Ruth J. Tubey, Jacob K. Rotich, Joseph K. Bengat


This paper reflects on the ontological, epistemological and methodological underpinnings of the two major research approaches i.e the quantitative and the qualitative approaches. Their differences, occasioned by these philosophical foundations are discussed and practical implications examined. It is our view that this paper will have positive impact on the work of researchers and students undertaking courses in research studies.

Key words: Research paradigms, ontology, epistemology, methodology, quantitative, qualitative

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