Critically Evaluating Quantitative Research
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... Evaluating Quantitative Research The ification and categories of variables There are two types of variables, according to the UNESCOadvisory for the conduct of social research. Variable may be classified either as quantitative and continuous, or qualitative and discrete. A quantitative or continuous variable is one in which the variates differ in magnitude; examples of these are income, age, GNP, and so forth. On the other hand, a qualitative or discrete variable is one where the variates differ in kind rather than in magnitude, such as marital status, gender, nationality, and so on (UNESCO, 2011). The use of the terms “quantitative” and “qualitative” in categorizing variables should not be mistaken ...