Research Paradigms

Most kinds of research fall into one of the following paradigms: Descriptive, Evaluative, Prescriptive, Exploratory, or Predictive.

These paradigms have to do with the purpose of the research. Various methods can be used to do the research, but it is first useful to determine the overarching objective of the research.

In this module, we will provide a description of each paradigm and also present some examples of the kinds of research questions that are typically associated with them.

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