What good is polarizing research into qualitative and quantitative?

Ercikan, Kadriye & Roth, Wolff-Michael (2006) Educational Researcher, 352(5), 12-23 Description: The authors argue against a polarization between qualitative and quantitative methods and the associated polarization between “subjective” and “objective” evidence. In doing so, they encourage an understanding of the meaninglessness of such a distinction and the value of taking a more integrated approach. Finally, they map a more “continuous” perspective to addressing the needs of a particular research question and the study design and methodological decisions that follow.