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Integrating Interpretive and Quantitative Methods in Socialization Research

Suzanne Gaskins
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly
Vol. 40, No. 3 (July 1994), pp. 313-333
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23087348
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Abstract

Those who study children's socialization are currently debating the relative merits of interpretive and quantitative approaches in research. In practice, an integrated research program in which both approaches are used in generating hypotheses, categories, measures, quantitative data, and interpretations can profit from the strengths of both approaches while compensating for their weaknesses. Three studies of the Yupno, Fiji, and Maya show how the interpretive approach contributes an understanding of the meaning of behavior in context whereas the quantitative approach contributes a precision of measurement that makes generalizations and comparisons possible. Integrating the two approaches extends research findings in significant ways.

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