Understanding Human Resource Development: A Research-Based Approach

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ANALYSING QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH

Darren C. Short and K. Peter Kuchinke


Aims and contribution

Professions are characterized by a body of specialized knowledge, and commonly this knowledge is the results of scientific research. As for other professional fields such as medicine, management, or education, research is critical for human resource development (HRD), and this is so for two major reasons. First, research yields new knowledge related to the many issues, questions, and problems in HRD, and second, research ensures a process for disseminating such knowledge when and if it is judged to be of high quality. Research, thus, has both a product and a process aspect, addressing substantive findings and the process of obtaining and reporting them. Research is the life-blood of HRD, aiming to advance our understanding and improve practice. In this chapter we will address one important type, quantitative research, introducing its major tenets, assumptions, methods, and evaluating its strengths and weaknesses.

This chapter differs in its topic and approach from others in this book because of its focus on a specific research method. Rather than focusing primarily on the results of a specific study or series of studies, we will take a look behind the scenes and describe how research is actually conducted, what reasoning lies behind certain choices, and what methods and tools are available. This will be done in the context of a published article that will allow us to explain the conventions for reporting research findings and guide the reader to better understand and critically evaluate published research.

The overall aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the standard assumptions, methods, and conventions of quantitative research. The purpose is to educate the readers in this important method so that they may become more informed and confident users of such research and, perhaps, become enticed to develop their research skills in more depth through formal study. The chapter assumes relatively little prior knowledge of the research process. As an introduction to quantitative research, the chapter is limited in its scope and depth and will illustrate core principles and concepts but not cover them in depth.

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