Generalization in quantitative and qualitative research: myths and strategies.

@article{Polit2010GeneralizationIQ,
  title={Generalization in quantitative and qualitative research: myths and strategies.},
  author={Denise F. Polit and Cheryl Tatano Beck},
  journal={International journal of nursing studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={47 11},
  pages={1451-8}
}
Generalization, which is an act of reasoning that involves drawing broad inferences from particular observations, is widely-acknowledged as a quality standard in quantitative research, but is more controversial in qualitative research. The goal of most qualitative studies is not to generalize but rather to provide a rich, contextualized understanding of some aspect of human experience through the intensive study of particular cases. Yet, in an environment where evidence for improving practice… CONTINUE READING
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